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Old 05-05-2019, 11:33 AM   #18991 (permalink)
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Not really. The only reason Yang has any chance at all is because Trump became President. He's been a good shakeup to the status quo, especially after two prior elections where China attempted to interfere and nobody seemed to care.
^ That's a relief - I though for a minute I'd lost the one person who is willing to respond to my political rants!

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Working 70 hours a week in a sweltering kitchen isn’t any better than Ivan Denisovich had it.
^ 70 hours a week is brutal, though I think I'd rather be in a hot kitchen than in Siberia. If I remember right, a typical workbreak for Ivan D was a mug of boiling water which he drank while squatting on a bit of permafrost that the authorities had designated as a building site. I may not've worked construction in Siberia, but I have waited, in mid-winter, at windswept London bus-stops for over half-an-hour at a time, so I can imagine how Ivan D must've felt.
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Old 05-05-2019, 11:53 AM   #18992 (permalink)
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Once you reach the point where life is severely degraded you’ve entered the threshold of Ivan Denisovich. The refusal to recognize the devastating nature of American capitalism on its lowest tier employees serves to make the reading of Solzhenitsyn exactly half as valuable. And I say half because there’s two lessons to be learned from Solzhenitsyn: 1) the value of perseverance and 2) the nature of oppression. Not understanding that the kitchen or factory or Walmart has become your gulag is to have completely missed the second point and undercuts the universality of the literature. It’s applicable to what I am witnessing. Our willingness to accept and recognize this horrific truth is to render Solzhenitsyn still relevant.
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Old 05-05-2019, 03:19 PM   #18993 (permalink)
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LOL! Jebus this is blowing UP!

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Old 05-05-2019, 05:12 PM   #18994 (permalink)
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Once you reach the point where life is severely degraded you’ve entered the threshold of Ivan Denisovich. The refusal to recognize the devastating nature of American capitalism on its lowest tier employees serves to make the reading of Solzhenitsyn exactly half as valuable. And I say half because there’s two lessons to be learned from Solzhenitsyn: 1) the value of perseverance and 2) the nature of oppression. Not understanding that the kitchen or factory or Walmart has become your gulag is to have completely missed the second point and undercuts the universality of the literature. It’s applicable to what I am witnessing. Our willingness to accept and recognize this horrific truth is to render Solzhenitsyn still relevant.
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I was looking around at how dystopian my working conditions are just today

but **** ill still take it over the humiliation of wearing a nametag
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Old 05-06-2019, 12:10 AM   #18995 (permalink)
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Old 05-06-2019, 05:26 AM   #18996 (permalink)
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Once you reach the point where life is severely degraded you’ve entered the threshold of Ivan Denisovich. The refusal to recognize the devastating nature of American capitalism on its lowest tier employees serves to make the reading of Solzhenitsyn exactly half as valuable. And I say half because there’s two lessons to be learned from Solzhenitsyn: 1) the value of perseverance and 2) the nature of oppression. Not understanding that the kitchen or factory or Walmart has become your gulag is to have completely missed the second point and undercuts the universality of the literature. It’s applicable to what I am witnessing. Our willingness to accept and recognize this horrific truth is to render Solzhenitsyn still relevant.
^ That's a real quality post, right there. Can't argue with that, and I really like your analysis of the lessons to be learned from Solzhenitsyn.
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Old 05-06-2019, 11:34 AM   #18997 (permalink)
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Stunning news coming out of England:- Woman Has Baby

The mother and the baby are both well, and the father has announced that he is "absolutely thrilled."
Although it has not been widely reported, some insiders suspect that the birth may be the result of an act of unprotected coitus some nine months earlier.
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^ That's a real quality post, right there. Can't argue with that, and I really like your analysis of the lessons to be learned from Solzhenitsyn.
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Old 05-08-2019, 12:56 PM   #18999 (permalink)
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