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Need A Job But Don’t Want One Like Mine…Why ?

I am a member of a wonderful site called  “Daily Kos” It’s a place where citizen journalists, some politicians,famous people and us,regular folks come together to share written diaries based on a wide varity of subjects. You get to comment on what you read and get input from others on what you write. It’s very cool and I’ve learned alot there.

Recently, I read one that totally set me off (which is really hard to do as I am a bit of a reasonably rational person)…This person needed money…needed to find a job…

His ID is MinistryofTruth..He is an awesome writer and has been covering the Occupy Wall Street movement with a firey conviction that is powerful and informing but citizen journalism rarely pays…( he has even been on The ED show twice) though I’m sure it wasn’t his intent … his desciption of seemingly lowering his standards to apply at a McDonald’s was more that I could bare…

Technically, I don’t have a job. I am calling myself a freelance writer because that is the only way I can really explain how I have been sustaining myself for the last few months. I don’t get paid to make appearances, I just do it. What would be better for my future, to do what I am doing, or would I be better of going and getting a job at McDonald’s and go away?

Would all of these students across America be better off protesting astronomical tuition, or going and getting a job at McDonald’s?

How does a job at McDonald’s or Walmart help me pay off my student loans? ~MinistryOfTruth

 My Posted Comment :

I have a son…he has not one but three college degrees and can’t get a job in any of his fields right now. He works two jobs…One in retail and one in fast food…

He IS paying his college expenses….He IS working to help his family make ends meet…He IS still managing to find time to help out in our community….

I have worked in the restaurant industry for over 30 years…these past few have brought me pay cuts and loss in my benefits as well as loss in self-esteem because the Corporate bosses care more about the bottom line that workers and customers anymore….

I also am totally fed up with statements such as…

“They can be successful or flip burgers for a living”

“If they aren’t careful the only job they will find will entail asking “Do you want fries with that? ”

“Stay in school or you’ll be selling burgers and fries for the rest of your life”

And there are more…be honest you’ve all heard them….
It doesn’t matter who said them…but it does matter that it is ignorant and hurtful…

We can’t see family this Thanksgiving…We have to work and really can’t afford to go. We will still spend time helping at our community kitchen and have found a Vet through the VFW that needed some help so we got him some turkey fixings this year…

I’m sorry for the rant but it’s just bad timing that I read this right now….

The place where I work has more than 10 job openings going un-filled…why ???

Maybe because it’s a job that everyone puts at the bottom of the list hoping that they will find something better… ~JMoore

The first response I wrote  was a bit heated and the internet gods must of caught me because just as I was about to hit send…I lost my connection…Hmmmm, someone trying to tell me something…I got back online and re-wrote my comment but this one was a bit more calmer…I do have a job while many others don’t… despite it’s flaws…I  like it and do it well…I knew that my comment would be lost though in the hundreds of replies that the diary had received…

I sat there disappointed that my thoughts would be buried… my youngest son noticed my frown and when I told him what was up….He said smiling…”Why don’t you put it on your blog ?”

Damn, who raised him ??? Such a smart young man…Thanks for letting me rant….

If you get a chance you really should check out The Daily Kos @ dailykos.com

Social Networks: Not Just For Fun Anymore

   Couldn’t sleep last Monday night…not an unusual thing for me. I got up to get a drink around 2 am…not wanting to laid back down, just to do more tossing and turning, I decided to sit down at the computer. Opening up my Twitter account, I found it exploding with tweets about the happenings at Occupy Wall Street…booted up a live stream offered and sat there watching the insanity unfold in front of my eyes.

  I turned on the TV…checking all the 24 hour news channels I had….nothing ! Back to the computer…A few journalists that I trust and follow were on…tweeting what info they could. The citizen journalists and bloggers at the park were the biggest source of knowledge as they were there…I sat amazed at how each one kept their composure as the chaos around them grew. I watched until the last stream lost feed…

  My sons were up and heading out for the day…when I told them what had happened they were shocked. Like me, they hadn’t learned about the OWS on the news but on the social networks and blogs that they were a part of. Weeks before a media outlet even bothered to speak of it…and here it was again refusing to go away quietly or at all….lighting up the internet globally…

  The happenings good and bad surrounding the Occupy movement as well as several past incidents involving the World Wide Web , such as Palin’s daughters getting into a Facebook war …Rep. Weiner’s Twitter drama…the new reality that you can be in a chat room and say something that starts a barrage of down right rude and crude things hurled in your direction  as well as some Blog-a-pheres that are so far from being fact oriented that the term “applied fiction” really should be placed somewhere on the pages…they’ve all made me take a step back and realize that the original premise of social networks being a fun, cool way to keep in touch with friends, family and perhaps  meet new fun,cool people has pretty much been dropped by the side of the cyber highway….It’s still has so many good aspects but the negatives are definitly catching up.

  Recently I read a wonderful piece by Sree Sreenivasan , a Columbia Journalism professor and a contributing editor for DNAinfo.com. It was about his experience with the infamous James O’Keefe. Mr. Sreenivasan was drawn in to this right wing nuts web through no actions of his own. How he handled himself and his insights were very awesome. I encourage you to follow the link and read it.  http://bit.ly/sj6SiF

  One of his points hit home with me…It was #3 in the list of 5 things he had learned…

ANYONE IN THE MEDIA CAN BE A TARGET THESE DAYS.

People like O’Keefe have it in for professional journalists. Combine that with the fact that everyone has a camera phone these days, we all need to be hyper-aware that what we are saying might be recorded, or tweeted or Facebooked. I am not saying we should be scared to have our own opinions and thoughts, but the possibility that we are being taped is all too real. Here’s what O’Keefe’s site says about its mission: “Project Veritas is committed to training and deploying undercover citizen journalists to expose fraud, corruption and abuse within all organization.”

  There is something hypnotic about sitting in your own personal space tapping out on the keyboard…comments, suggestions and opinions whether based on facts or just subjective bullsh*t formed by the floating fictional slime hovering in cyber space….something surreal about reading other people’s comments, suggestions and opinions then feeling a powerful urge to respond to them…either to agree, disagree or feel that you are the only one in all of the internet who can stand in judgment and set them straight…People you don’t know….will probably never meet…who have no real cause & effect on your life and yet you find yourself at 4 am …tweeting in all large caps how wrong they are on any given subject. I watch such scenarios unfold all the time…and yes I have even been drawn into a few…

  Though I just started this blog…I have been dancing around some the social networks for awhile now. Not as long as others so maybe my missteps were newbie related but I have made them…but my worst was in another direction…Getting caught up with following celebrities…politicians and just plain famous people online  leads one into a whole field of improprieties especially when they are nice enough to share some of themselves with us “common” folks…

  When did it become alright to say things to anyone online that you wouldn’t be caught dead saying to them in-person ? I’d like to think that it’s still alright to flirt but even that can become too extreme if you cross that line of good taste…now it’s even scarier because things you tweet and post can get people in trouble and as we all know….fired!

  I follow a wonderful man on Twitter, who I think more than indulged me my delusions until I did cross a line and even though I did apologize…it didn’t seem like enough when I realized how badly I had behaved. I  learned a most valuable lesson the hard way…They can tweet us…they can leave a nice comment…or a correction of facts but no where does that give us the right to treat them with any less dignity than we would want to be treated…

  My biggest pet pevee of all though, are those hundreds of face-less…name-less…mindless trolls that follow one of these famous people just to berate and insult them…If you don’t like or agree with someone online….famous or not…Don’t follow them !!! Don’t leave crap on their facebook wall !! Don’t go off on nasty ill-tempered rants on news blogs about a famous person that has nothing to do with the content of the article !

  We want civility in our government…in our schools…in our churchs…temples… and mosques…Isn’t it time to want it on our social networks as well ? Just something I thought worthy of making a note of.