Bernard Tschumi, Advertisement ,Decay, 1977
I have an economic justification: capitalism. If the minimum wage goes up, so does the cost of living, which will not eliminate poverty in the slightest.
The cost of living has gone up without increases to minimum wages. Raising the minimum and increasing the economic presents of the poor would be a boon to capitalist.
If this happened, both the small business where I work and my parents business would either close down, or they’d have to fire all of their staff. But hey, if there really is no justification, morally or economically, then I suppose they and other small businesses should be sacrificed right?
When someone works for less pay than she can live on — when, for example, she goes hungry so that you can eat more cheaply and conveniently — then she has made a great sacrifice for you, she has made you a gift of some part of her abilities, her health, and her life. The ‘working poor,’ as they are approvingly termed, are in fact the major philanthropists of our society. They neglect their own children so that the children of others will be cared for; they live in substandard housing so that other homes will be shiny and perfect; they endure privation so that inflation will be low and stock prices high. To be a member of the working poor is to be an anonymous donor, a nameless benefactor, to everyone else.
No one has the right to profit from the suffering of others
“In my opinion, cities are one of the greatest creations of man. Cities themselves are organisms, incredibly complex and beautiful. There is an astounding brilliance in the operation of a great city. The grid of Chicago makes the city look both like a beautiful organism and an astounding machine. Each city has its imperfections, but the night view makes Chicago glimmer.” - Matthew Meltzer
The Safest Suburb In The World Did It By Ending The Culture Of Cars
Houten’s main road, which was not actually a road but a winding path through what looked like a golf course or a soft-edged set from Teletubbies: all lawns and ponds and manicured shrubs. Not a car in sight. We rolled past an elementary school and kindergarten just as the lunch bell rang. Children, some of whom seemed barely out of diapers, poured out, hopped on little pink and blue bicycles, and raced past us, homeward.
“We are quite proud of this,” Tiemens boasted. “In most of the Netherlands, children don’t bike alone to school until they are eight or nine years old. Here they start as young as six.”
“Their parents must be terrified,” I said.
“There’s nothing to fear. The little ones do not need to cross a single road on their way home.”
I do hope this amuses GeographicPurgatory.
Oh, and whoever originally made this, know that you are well loved.
Banned TED Talk: Nick Hanauer “Rich people don’t create jobs”
"As the war over income inequality wages on, super-rich Seattle entrepreneur Nick Hanauer has been raising the hackles of his fellow 1-percenters, espousing the contrarian argument that rich people don’t actually create jobs. The position is controversial — so much so that TED is refusing to post a talk that Hanauer gave on the subject. National Journal reports today that TED officials decided not to put Hanauer’s March 1 speech up online after deeming his remarks "too politically controversial" for the site…".
Land Spirits Living in Suburbia Hell
I have spent most of my life living in suburbia hell. You know the setting- tract housing that all looks the same. Tiny little postage stamp yards filled with grass and shrubs. It’s pretty much the standard for Arizona after the housing boom of the late 90′s. Almost everyone lives in tract housing or shoddily built apartments that have paper thin walls.
This is probably also a standard living situation for most Pagans. I know it is for me.
When you live in such a cookie-cutter setting, how does one find the land spirits that are around them? Can you even find local spirits inside of a subdivision?
Saw this walking home from football.