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Greece by Der Spiegel


"It is my job to put forward a vision of the country that benefits the vast majority of Americans. It is my job to make sure that my party is behind those initiatives, even if sometimes it's breakin' some china and goin' against some of the dogmas of our party in the past." -- Barack Obama

"Wait a minute buddy, you been doing some jack assing you can't shut up now. He's got a paper says they need eight hundred pickers, you laugh and say they don't, who's the liar?" - The Grapes of Wrath

I wear the clothes which I have been given; they are not the clothes I chose myself. I did not choose this odyssey; I simply ride these rails and report what I see along the way. I seek neither pity nor quarter, I seek only understanding. I am a revolutionary journalist speaking of the things which those in power would rather not speak of.
Craigslist:

"Hello,
My name is John. I am 31 years old and live in XXXXXXXXXX. I have a wife and 3 small children that I am trying to provide for. I am not looking for exorbitant wages, I don't want to get rich, I simply want to provide for my family as a man should. I am willing to work very hard and long hours for my wages."


"Looking for one or two maybe three people. If you have a friend or two to bring it is even better. $10 cash an hour and you will be expected to show up around 6 am and hang out until 7 or 8 pm. You need to be smart, trustworthy and able to follow some simple directions. Also young (in your 20s) and somewhat clean cut (not a total bum) will help you get these spots." 

"THIS POSITION IS FOR SOMEONE INTERESTED IN GETTING TATTOOS/ WORKING IN EXCHANGE FOR TATTOO CREDIT."

"I find it hard to keep up with some of my house cleaning. I live with my room mate and her son, so the cleaning would only be for areas/things specifically pertaining to me and my son. I would like someone to come once a week, for about an hour, to do various things. I will pay $15 to you in cash every week. I will specifiy each week what I need done, but here is what you can expect to be doing:
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1-2 loads of laundry/folding
Deep cleaning bathroom
Make beds
Wash and reassemble couch cushion covers
Tidy bedrooms/throw away any thing needed"


"Krissy has her 11 and 14 year old respectful boys about 8 days month.
You would get them ready and tdke them to school when needed.
You would clean, cook, do laundry, drive her to the airport for work and pick up as needed.
And other odd things on occasion, about 80 hours totsl of on calk service a month. Most of the time you would be Part of the family just hsving fun  Smile  Salmon creek tributary in back yard, very nice neighborhood. Krissy Is gone 20 days out of the month, the house is all yours."

Compensation: Beautiful master bedroom, all utilities paid snd food


I don't know who I feel sorrier for, the person taking such a job out of a need to put walls between themselves and the street or a person who would offer only peonage while referring to themselves in the third person.

This is America; this is a government which ignores its people's suffering and pretends it isn't there. It pretends that we aren't here, but we are.
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I am sometimes overcome by the desire to run but there is nowhere to go. I am trapped in a country lost in narcissism, Capitalism and self gratification. I have applied for so many jobs that I have literally lost count, hundreds, thousands, ten thousand? 

The other day I saw a Greek woman crying on a balcony and threatening to jump. She would soon be unemployed due to the Greek austerity plan, her husband also planned to commit suicide. I could feel the tears welling up inside of me; I've been on that balcony too. What sort of system is this that does such things to its own people?

Free? Oh please, what a load of bunk. You are free, the largest economic downturn in seventy years with millions out of work and tens of thousands homeless but we are free. No, the bankers and corporate raisers are free the rest of us are just trapped. Lost like a ball in the tall grass and blamed for the crisis in the process.

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