the thing i have been thinking about a lot today are the things you need in order to be employed out here in south east michigan that are not related to “education” or other “job specific” things.
1. a functioning reliable car
2. a phone
3. ‘good’ clothes (as in ‘professional’)
also, while these may not be essential, your life will be considerably more difficult without them, both as unemployed looking for work and employed person:
4. internet connection/access
add onto these things what you may need for job specific situations, like
* “name you can network with”
* money to make down payments/take out loans with for starting your own business
there’s so much more that i don’t feel like typing out cuz it just fucking depresses me. but you have to have money to invest in order to get a job. whether it’s a job at mcdonalds or a “good paying” job. if you have to take out massive loans in order to get ANY of these things, you’re already starting from behind, even if you get a “good” job. (and “massive’ can be even 1000$ for a car for a working class or poor person).
this is one of the many reasons i am shifting my focus to the rust belt. while they’re decimating public transportation, that means that all the working class and poor people in detroit that are “being lazy” etc, suddenly have to come up with $1000 or more *ALONE* to get a car to get to work. i know of TONS of people who got fired for being late due to the crappy public transportation—even if those people get cars, they now have great big red “FIRED” on their resume.
unless you get a an EXCELLENT job—coming from behind is near impossible. something i am thinking about a LOT as i look for a new job.
YES. The car. People who have never lived outside of major metropolitan areas with decent (not ideal; just workable) public transportation don’t often ‘get’ how difficult life is without a car in the rust belt. And for real—-cheap cars break down often. Often. The sun practically rises and sets on your breakdowns. And it isn’t easy to repair cars, and it sure the shit isn’t cheap.
And it’s not just for jobs; it’s for everything. Grocery stores out on the edge of town by the highway interchanges. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been in internet arguments with “green” yuppies who are all, “well, that’s what you get for moving to the suburbs!!” and I DON’T LIVE IN THE SUBURBS YOU DICK, I live right the fuck in the center of town. The center of town that’s been abandoned because all the green yuppies have built green houses (and garages for their green cars) to go to their office jobs in LEED-certified buildings and shop at the grocery stores that have gotten on the green bandwagon by building brand-new buildings on what used to be cornfields. And who am I to complain? Because if they didn’t, if they gentrified the city instead, I’d be right out on my ass living way the fuck in the middle of nowhere which would be worse, much worse, as utilities are sky-high outside the city, and gasoline? Don’t even get me started.
And that’s before you even get to a little something called “childcare”. Thank Maude my daughter has aged out of that need. I still don’t know how I got lucky enough to make that work. Skin of my damn teeth.
Fun fact—-the first two-and-a-half years of my apprenticeship were spent carless. I simply couldn’t afford one. I bought one of those $1000 cars in my first year, and it broke down within the first six months and was basically unrepairable (unless I wanted to pour much more than $1000 into it, and I just didn’t have the money, and had no credit). I took the bus, used cabs, walked, whatever. When they (the JATC—-apprenticeship committee) sent me out of town, I took the Amtrak and was late for the first three days, until a black pipefitter lost his temper at the guys I was working with—-basically, told them what piss-poor excuses they were for union brothers—-and offered to drive me for gas money (well, actually Hennessy. I’d get him a bottle of Hennessy every two weeks, and he called it square). I didn’t know any of those guys. As soon as I got my third-year raise, I bought a new truck. It took five years to buy it, but I never had to deal with breakdowns. Ever. It lasted fourteen years before it shot craps. That truck changed my life in more ways than one. It opened up worlds of possibilities that just didn’t exist before, not the least of which was “escaping from sociopathic abusive husband”.
Good luck getting hired even to flip burgers out here without a car. Especially for those low-wage service industry jobs, the ones with “just in time” scheduling, where you better be there lickety-split when called, even if they just turn you around an hour or so later. Meanwhile, all the green-living mavens write screeds and wring hands about the working class and our “love affair” with personal vehicles, our “romanticization” of cars and the open road. Bah.
Anonymous asked: Can you explain why Europeans were much more technologically advanced than the indigenous populations of Africa? I mean, these cultures hadn't even invented sewage systems, which is something the Romans were able to design and implement in 800-735 BC (a long fucking time before "the white man" colonized it)... I mean fuck, without "the white man", they would probably still be in the fucking bronze age.
I don’t really know what kind of history books bigots like you read.
The Great Libraries of Timbuktu? The steel metallurgy of the Haya? Dentistry? Caesarean section? Premature neonatal care? Mathematics, architecture, engineering?
I know it’s hard for a racist like you who imagines “technological advancement” to be some kind of end-all-be-all, or proof of some “inherent intelligence”. I know, I know. It’s hard to imagine, but Europeans have been drawing knowledge from everyone around them since the dawn of time. What did you think ended the Dark Ages?
Your magical (read: white supremacist) idea of a purely 'white' Rome never existed.
The Minoan culture on the island of Crete between 1500-1700 B.C.E. had a highly developed waste management system. They had very advanced plumbing and designed places to dispose of organic wastes. Knossos, the capital city, had a central courtyard with baths that were filled and emptied using terra-cotta pipes. This piping system is similar to techniques used today. They had large sewers built of stone.”
In case you needed further clarification, neither the Minoans nor other (later) Greeks were ethnically uniform. They also had the first flush toilets, dating back to 18th century B.C.E. They had flushing toilets, with wooden seats and an overhead reservoir. The Minoan royals were the last group to use flushing toilets until the re-development of that technology in 1596.
Oh, and look the Mayans had indoor plumbing, acqueducts, and pressurized water too. I mean, you can ignore that the area Mayans lived in had little to few rivers, no lakes or standing water, nor other sources of running water, while simultaneously dealing with monsoons and flooding due to one of the heaviest yearly rainfalls in the Americas.
Classic Maya even used household water filters using locally abundant limestone carved into a porous cylinder, made so as to work in a manner strikingly similar to modern ceramic water filters.
Of course, by this time millenia later none of your precious “white people” had developed any methods besides shitting in pots.Continuing, the earliest archaeological record of an advanced system of drainage comes from the Indus Valley Civilization from around 3100 B.C.E in what is now Pakistan and North India. By 2500 B.C.E (almost 5,000 years ago), highly developed drainage system where wastewater from each house flowed into the main drain.All houses in the major cities of Harappa and Mohenjo−daro had access to water and drainage facilities. Waste water was directed to covered drains which lined the major streets directed to covered drains, which lined the major streets. Each home had its own private drinking well and its own private bathroom. The mains that carried wastewater to a cesspit were tall enough for people to walk through. Reservoirs, a central drainage system, fresh water pumped into the homes. Pools. Baths.It was made from bricks smoothened and joined together seamlessly. The expert masonry kept the sewer watertight. Drops at regular intervals acted like an automatic cleaning device.
Filters for solid waste.Sorry, what were the British doing up until like, 200 years ago? Shitting in the streets? Oh yeah.I mean, I could get into how by the Shang Dynasty (roughly 1600 B.C.E.), China had sophisticated plumbing including pressure inverted siphons.
Or into the city of Amarna, Ancient Egypt. Or Persepolis, Persia and the Achaemenids in 600 B.C.E.But, I mean, it sounds like the only one still in the Bronze Age is you.
I love it when people bring facts to white supremacist logic.