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Our team projected there would be about 110,000 voters on June 3 (out of 462,000 registered, or less than 25 percent). And here was the kicker: Fully half would be age 65 and older. Roughly three-quarters would be age 50 and older. Millennials were a rounding error. If you want to know why politicians pay only lip service to the outrageous cost of college, soaring student loan debt and the fact that degrees don’t translate into decent jobs anymore, here’s your answer, I thought. But there was no way to start some youth crusade in the time we had.

Truth is, by the end of the campaign, I wouldn’t stop to talk to young people at all—the odds that they would show up on June 3 were practically nil. Seniors—and the direct mail we would send them—were pretty much all that mattered. (This truth was driven home by the little old lady at a market who punctuated her list of to-dos for me with eerie intensity. “You’d better listen to me, young man,” she said. “We’re the ones who vote!”)

-- Matt Miller, "Mr. Miller Doesn't Go To Washington," Politico


I believe that this instinct to perpetuate useless work is, at bottom, simply fear of the mob. The mob (the thought runs) are such low animals that they would be dangerous if they had leisure; it is safer to keep them too busy to think.

-- George Orwell, "Down and Out"


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Today I went shopping for groceries, refilled the laundry card, did an hour or more's housecleaning, went out to vote, wrote and revised an article, helped someone out a bit on the GNOME IRC, researched and wrote a complete application to attend GUADEC (a conference in Spain that they might actually pay for me to attend!), and played with one of my beautiful pets.

But because I only wrote one article and have had a couple of essential chores hanging over my head for weeks, I feel like a lazy slacker. >.>

Talking through writing job-related nervousness )

I think getting those essential chores done as quickly as possible will help, along with writing my articles earlier in the day when I can, so I don't have all that hanging over my head. I don't know if I can keep up with the job anymore, though, and it scares me. After the internship money peters out at the end of this summer, I don't know where else I can go or what I can do to keep from becoming homeless.

I need a new, more stable source of income, that doesn't depend on a company that's laying people off and contracting into a black hole.

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