A good attitude isn’t going to make the world accessible.
man in suit, late 50s, white. writing emails on his ipad to thank people for the gifts given for his newborn son? grandson? who has been in the NICU for the past 3 weeks. they are hoping he will be able to come off oxygen this evening. he cried a little.
i have all these pending grant applications and contract bids in, and if they come through, i will get to travel for work to LA, miami, and run a conference in the mountains next summer.
i read some comment sections.
we should probably clean the entire planet with fire. just to be sure we get rid of all of that filth and nastiness.
(via Tom Hardy surrounded by dogs|Lainey Gossip Entertainment Update)
Mike Brown: Facts and dog whistles (with tweets) -
this is too hard to clip or excerpt, but it is really worth reading. includes some clear facts about the mike brown case and good discussion of the dog whistles that have been blown and evidence of their clear impact on reducing support for brown and ferguson protesters in general.
direct download ~ 95mb
i should start every monday morning with a nectarine that delicious
Black People Are Not Ignoring 'Black On Black' Crime -
The politics of changing the subject
The notion that violence within the black community is “background noise” is not supported by the historical record—or by Google. I have said this before. It’s almost as if Stop The Violence never happened, or The Interruptors never happened, orKendrick Lamar never happened. The call issued by Erica Ford at the end of this Do The Right Thing retrospective is so common as to be ritual. It is not “black on black crime” that is background noise in America, but the pleas of black people.
There is a pattern here, but it isn’t the one Eugene Robinson (for whom I have a great respect) thinks. The pattern is the transmutation of black protest into moral hectoring of black people. Don Imus profanely insults a group of black women. But the real problem is gangsta rap. Trayvon Martin is killed. This becomes a conversation about how black men are bad fathers. Jonathan Martin is bullied mercilessly. This proves that black people have an unfortunate sense of irony.
The politics of respectability are, at their root, the politics of changing the subject—the last resort for those who can not bear the agony of looking their country in the eye. The policy of America has been, for most of its history, white supremacy. The high rates of violence in black neighborhoods do not exist outside of these facts—they evidence them.
This history presents us with a suite of hard choices. We do not like hard choices. Here’s a better idea: Let’s all get together and talk about how Mike Brown would still be alive if Beyoncé would make more wholesome music, followed by a national forum on how the charge of “acting white” contributes to mass incarceration. We can conclude with a keynote lecture on “Kids Today” and a shrug.
every year when the students come back to campus, the local target is overrun with families buying everything to stock a dorm room or a first apartment. (there are SO MANY over-the-door full-length mirrors and tiny microwaves being sold. so many.) it is invariably packed - the staff say it is a far busier time for them than christmas.
i thought i could make it in today before the worst of it. i should have been warned by the number of cars in the parking lot, but ventured in anyway. and then i found myself standing in the middle of chaotic hell. people blocking the aisles, towing three shopping carts filled with stuff, having arguments about whether a shower curtain accurately represented their personality.
what was worst was i had gone in to get a cast iron skillet, so i found myself in the middle of all of this, hating everyone around me, and holding a very heavy and very weapon-like skillet. i did not hit anyone, i did not even threaten anyone. i would like a gold star, please.
Working Anything but 9 to 5 -
But Ms. Navarro’s fluctuating hours, combined with her limited resources, had also turned their lives into a chronic crisis over the clock. She rarely learned her schedule more than three days before the start of a workweek, plunging her into urgent logistical puzzles over who would watch the boy. Months after starting the job she moved out of her aunt’s home, in part because of mounting friction over the erratic schedule, which the aunt felt was also holding her family captive. Ms. Navarro’s degree was on indefinite pause because her shifting hours left her unable to commit to classes. She needed to work all she could, sometimes counting on dimes from the tip jar to make the bus fare home. If she dared ask for more stable hours, she feared, she would get fewer work hours over all.
“You’re waiting on your job to control your life,” she said, with the scheduling software used by her employer dictating everything from “how much sleep Gavin will get to what groceries I’ll be able to buy this month.”
Last month, she was scheduled to work until 11 p.m. on Friday, July 4; report again just hours later, at 4 a.m. on Saturday; and start again at 5 a.m. on Sunday. She braced herself to ask her aunt, Karina Rivera, to watch Gavin, hoping she would not explode in annoyance, or worse, refuse. She vowed to somehow practice for the driving test that she had promised her boyfriend she would pass by the previous month. To stay awake, she would formulate her own behind-the-counter coffee concoctions, pumping in extra shots of espresso.
Hey so this whole article is incredibly bleak but also this is an increasingly common strategy from big employers. They know your outside options with no educational credentials are pretty minimal, and they don’t want to have to pay you for the full eight-hour shift unless it’s incredibly busy, so they hire you based on the ability to make any four-hour block at any point in the week or year when they might conceivably need the extra staff and your willingness to go home two hours into a shift if it’s not as busy as expected. The article focuses on a 22-year-old woman who works at a single Starbucks location, but many chain restaurants and retailers expect employees to be able to fill scheduling gaps at any store in the metro area at any time.
The article focuses on social safety net type issues and how it’s impossible to, e.g., schedule daycare when you don’t know how many hours you’ll be working until you’re actually at work. But I think it’s possibly more helpful to think about how employers can be better regulated to provide employees with preset schedules. Pretty sure the most straightforward strategy would be requiring employers to pay some fraction of regular wages for all “on-call” type hours as well as for hours after employees are dismissed mid-shift - although also raising minimum wage would be super helpful in terms of giving employees the capacity to deal with an irregular schedule.
Note that absolutely no one discusses unionization as a possible strategy here, even though this is precisely about a ton of workers at a big profitable employer getting treated incredibly poorly. Unions in North America have become mostly an option for people with degrees and stable jobs and above-median salaries - especially in education and healthcare and police forces and government services. And while I’m not saying that unions haven’t been great for those of us fortunate enough to work in those sectors under those unions, it’s worth noting that very little effort gets directed towards supporting unions for less socially-prestigious sectors like food and beverage service.
for me, the most interesting/bleak aspect of the story was the effect on the employee’s child. it was hard for her to keep her son’s preschool placement with her fluctuating hours and schedule, and the child was significantly emotionally affected by the lack of stability resulting from the employment structure. so not only are these schedules affecting a certain group and class of people who have these kind of service jobs, they have predictable and foreseeable effects on their children, as well.