When I was young, my best friend — some years older than me — was killed whilst competing in a motorsport event.
To me, he was a hero — not because of how he died, but because of how he lived. Decent. Thoughtful. Principled. Eloquent. Inspirational. Generous. Kind. He was everything a human being could reasonably aspire to be — and more. His death was the most soul-numbing experience of my life.
My mother, however, saws things differently. She showed no compassion or sympathy. She had no words of comfort to offer. As far as she was concerned, my friend…
Today, we live in a prosperous, thriving economy. Employers pay well and treat their workers with respect. Workers take pride in their work. Job satisfaction is at record levels. Productivity is at record levels. Living standards are higher than ever before.
The days when people were forced to work for exploitative employers are over. No-one is forced to accept miserly pay rates. No-one is forced to work long hours. No-one is forced to accept unreasonable terms or conditions.
Today, workers are free from exploitation, because they have the right to say no.
If your employer or prospective employer doesn’t offer…
“Space is big,” Douglas Adams once wrote, quoting his fictional reference work, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. But it can be extremely unsettling — even dangerous — to appreciate just how big it is.
To illustrate this point, Adams invented the idea of the Total Perspective Vortex. This is a torture machine — and an execution machine — which shows you the entirety of the universe all at once and yourself in relation to it. Unless you’re Zaphod Beeblebrox (a “really terrific and great guy” whose pan-dimensional ego was probably larger than the universe itself), this perspective is too…
I recently read a news article about a woman (she self-identified as a ‘trans woman’) who entered a Stars Wars memorabilia store in Washington State, USA, to complain to the owner about a sign in his store. The sign included the phrase, “If you are born with a dick, you are not a chick.”
I expect you’re already wondering whose side I’m on. Maybe I’m a ‘woke’ activist, pushing for trans acceptance because I identify as Roberta at weekends? Maybe I’m a right-winger who thinks trans women are a hideous blot on God’s clean Earth? No — I’m neither.
I’m only counting reads by paying subscribers. But one of my stories is indeed making me $8 per read. And that $8 per read is not a freak one-off figure. It’s an average over a week, for a story that received nearly a thousand views. In fact, the average was nearly $9 per read. On the worst day, it still made over $6 per read. And on the best day, it made just shy of $20 per read.
I’ve seen a number of comments lately by downhearted writers, bemoaning the fact they make only a few cents, or a fraction…
You may have read a news story about the Wi Spa protests in California. A customer was said to be livid about a trans woman being allowed in a women-only steam room. A video of her complaining to staff was shared online.
She is reported to have said,
So, it’s OK for a man to go into the women’s section, show his penis around the other women, young little girls, underage, in your spa? Wi Spa condones that, is that what you’re saying?
Subsequently, there was a protest in support of this customer’s views. …
Basic Income was a widespread topic of discussion before the Covid-19 pandemic began. This crisis, however, may encourage people to look more favourably on the idea. There are a number of possible reasons for this.
Before the pandemic, some people with seemingly secure jobs or successful businesses were extremely disparaging towards people who received welfare payments. They had a severe ‘them and us’ attitude. They saw themselves as ‘hard-working taxpayers’ and resented having to pay for government ‘handouts’ to people they casually dismissed as ‘scroungers and layabouts.’
During the pandemic, however, many of those same people had to rely on…
Minimalism isn’t just about having less stuff, but having less stuff is usually a big part of it. And I can totally see how having less stuff can be great for adults. But what about children?
If you go out shopping with small children, you soon appreciate what enormous joy it brings if you buy them a little present. It doesn’t have to be anything expensive. Our most frequent buy was a pocket-sized toy car. Eventually, our collection of small cars filled two sizeable boxes. But buying them made each shopping trip an exciting adventure.