First created to document my efforts to complete the November 2011 round of NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) through two blogs, TracyFood and Open Letters, this project now includes similar attempts during other months (e.g. May, August, December 2012), and their, uh, varying degrees of success.
As I have mentioned before, a book written last year by Jim Clifton, the chairman of Gallup, called “The Coming Jobs War,” pointed out that of the world’s five billion people over 15 years old, three billion said they worked or wanted to work, but there are only 1.2 billion full-time, formal jobs.
Charles Blow, “Starving the Future”, The New York Times, today (25 August 2012).
All I can think when I read something like this is: Remind me again why we can’t fix this problem by dividing the “full-time” jobs into shorter shifts and making those shorter shifts pay well enough to live on (including benefits, durrrrrrrrrrr)? Because seriously, that seems like the no-brainer, let’s just do this solution. Everything else just seems like artificially imposed scarcity and for what reason? The only reasons I can think of are petty, cruel, and/or fanatically devoted to the current (petty, cruel, unjust, absurd) status quo. Sigh.