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Outlook on Job/Health Security   Leave a comment

Besides summer jobs in high school and college, I officially joined the workforce when Obama was sworn in as President in 2009.

Pay was alright for an entry level job. Not as much as the average salary people in my major were making, but it was something to get my foot in the door, start accumulating experience. Health insurance was alright. High deductible unlike my mom’s insurance at her job, which covered and paid for everything.

Lots of changes have been made since then: overtime pay, work permits for foreign nationals, Affordable Care Act, etc.

Within a year of the new administration, all of these have been demolished. Reduced budget. Removed. Repealed. At least about to be.

Tom Brokaw on NBC used to run a segment called “The Fleecing of America.” It was a series of segments “exposing cases of waste and fraud that victimize individuals or the general public.” Most of them were done behind doors. I didn’t think we’d see a national example currently in progress out in the open.

This affects everyone in the middle class. This includes everyone who thinks they are part of the 1% but are really in the middle class.

How do we change this besides a full blown coup or revolution? Informed voting seems to be out the window. The GOP appeals to the disenfranchised, presenting themselves as their savior, propagating class, religion, and racial warfare, and screws them over anyway. The Democrats, too, are mobilizing their efforts, appealing to social change, presenting themselves as the voice of reason, and an implied air of superiority as the intellectual.

How do you reach everyone, turning them into informed voters, without alienating and/or belittling their way of life? When education, now a luxury controlled by greedy corporations and institutions, is an informed people still possible?

I’m done.

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Posted December 4, 2017 by StupidSystemus in Musings, Rant

Romanticizing ‘Moving Out of Town’   Leave a comment

Just a small town girl, living in a lonely world
She took the midnight train going anywhere
Just a city boy, born and raised in South Detroit
He took the midnight train going anywhere
~ Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’

Just about anyone I know has either moved out of their town or state for a better life or planning/dreaming of moving out of town. Heck, my family and I left the Philippines for the US in the 90s. My mom was offered a job and it was our ticket way out of our previous predicament. She lucked out with her choices, worked hard to provide for us siblings. We benefited a lot and will forever be thankful for it. Since I came here at a young age, this is now my hometown.

I have friends who left and friends who plan or dream of leaving. They don’t like their hometown. Not sure if it’s the town/state they are distancing from. Maybe it’s a family thing. Maybe it’s both. They want to leave town because it’s bad, no opportunities, and to be away from bad blood (family, friends, etc.). It has never dawned on me wanting to leave my hometown. I don’t hate it. I have every opportunity available to me. It’s not Minnesota or upstate New York cold. It’s no Southern hot, either. The Goldilocks zone. I sometimes think of living in another state up north or the West Coast. They’re more musings than some prime desire to leave. It tends to be some sort of rite of passage in American culture, to spread your wings and fly. It’s an adventurous and exciting premise completely devoid of responsibilities we face on a daily basis.

For others, they have every reason to leave their hometown.

For me, for now, for the foreseeable future, I’m good.

I’m done.

 

Posted November 11, 2017 by StupidSystemus in Musings, Uncategorized

Wading Through   Leave a comment

Social media is at its peak every day and it just keeps growing. It can be overwhelming. I don’t think our brain was built to handle all this constant stimuli.

Give yourself a break from time to time.

Learn to filter the noise.

Most importantly,

Rest.

I’m done.

Posted November 11, 2017 by StupidSystemus in Musings

Erik Satie – GymnopĂ©die No.1   Leave a comment

 

Sometimes no matter how many friends you have in your life you’ll come to a realization that you’re completely alone. You always will be and that’s okay. It’s not about relationships or significant others.

It’s just that no one can better understand you but you. No one quite understands your dreams. They pretend to, they sympathize and speculate with you, but you know, that one day when you finally stand on that hot Martian surface, or when you savor that moment before a speech at that long awaited awards ceremony, you’ll look down.

You’ll see the carefully polished floor underneath your snug fitting dress shoes, the red Martian dirt shifting under the weight of your boots, and it will just be you, your shoes, and no one else. Silence.

Above all else we seek acceptance and understanding. In the end we can only accept ourselves and understand our own condition.

I’m done.

Posted July 18, 2017 by StupidSystemus in Music, Musings, Video

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“Anti-Social” on Social Media   Leave a comment

Not sure if that’s a thing now.

The proper term is “asocial.” When my cousins are on their phones during dinner the whole time, my aunt says they are being “anti social” (or non-socializing).

In any case, its hermit mode for me on and offline. I have no energy to talk to people on a Facebook. No energy to comment. Probably a like or react. Same situation offline.

Maybe I like the passiveness of my tiny blog in the corner of the web, writing down everything, unfiltered to a degree. Whereas a Facebook status update, a tweet, or a comment on everything social media + forums often elicit instant replies, likes/reacts, share/retweets, almost like face-to-face interactions which warrant a follow up response.

Ironically, this was the case for blogging. But technology has caught up and, with a smartphone readily available, you can update on the fly.

Maybe I just need to detox. Probably not the proper term.

I’m done.

Posted July 10, 2017 by StupidSystemus in Musings