Makes me laugh every time.
Quitting coffee cold turkey starting today. It’s rough.
My roommate is taking care of a guinea pig for some coworkers who are on vacation in. Today we talked about pets while he was washing the guinea pig’s cage and feeding it organic kale.
I never really quite understood the fascination with pets, despite as a kid being obsessed with raising some like pokemon. I didn’t grow up with a dog or a cat in the home although there were other animals such as fish, hamsters, chickens, and rabbits. The fish were for ornamental purposes, the hamster was a short lived gift, and the rabbits and chickens were raised for food.
I’ve noticed that a lot of people are against raising rabbits for food, and it had me thinking about animal ethics a lot more seriously. My roommate commented on how it’s strange for me to be against eating lobster/crab (thanks David Foster Wallace), yet to be for eating cute bunnies. In terms of meat processing, the rabbit suffers less from a quick snap to the neck then does the lobster that is boiled alive. It is also more humane than the horrid conditions of factory farming which I am strongly against. It really takes killing your own meal to respect the plate of meat on the table.
This had me also thinking of what society deems culturally acceptable to be eaten and how other cultures are judged through these lenses. Is it morally wrong to eat a dog? What about Hindus with beef, Muslims with pork, and Jews with kosher foods? Is it wrong that I’ll eat my candy with the pork and beans?
Finally back to my original topic on pets, I do believe that we should be compassionate to animals, yet not at the expense of other humans. I feel that pets sometimes are unfortunately a substitute for real human interaction and companionship. People with too many cats or those that really like feeding pigeons should go outside and meet more people. It also irks me when parents treat their dogs better than their own children. I constantly get reminded in SF that dogs outnumber kids. Now that’s fucked up.
"During the day I work in an office. But at night, I’m a Mexican gangster. I’m a gangster at heart"
A film I’ve thought about many times on this trip is Lost In Translation. Specifically the passing scenes in the film, the ones where Scarlet Johansson’s character is wandering by herself in Tokyo, observing a traditional wedding or Japanese kids playing rhythm games in the arcade. What they…
yeeee lost in translation
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Boeing Co said on Thursday it will end pension plans for 68,000 nonunion employees, including its chief executive, marking the latest step in the company’s shift away
I have very strong opinions on personal finance, capitalism, corporations, and the state of the economy. Top 5 that come to mind are:
1. 401ks are a horrible idea pushed by congress after the lobbying effects of corporations. Why do I have to pay a fee to keep someone from spending my money? When employers are barely matching a contribution, why should I store 5% or more of my paycheck till the age of 59.5 if it is barely keeping up with inflation? Long gone are the good old days of pensions.
2. Savings accounts. I never understood why people would put large amounts in high yield savings accounts at horrible rates like 0.7% APY (That’s on the high end). The current interest rate is around 3%. You are losing money just from sitting around. Hell, I’ll gladly pay you $7 to hold onto your $1000 for a year.
3. The US protestant work ethic. I’m still trying to figure out the American fascination over work. My career is not my life and I can not justify spending 60 or more hours at work a week. That and the attitudes towards government employees and teachers. People in the private industry criticize them for being incompetent and lazy, but they are very important people in society. And I don’t even have kids yet. #worklifebalance
4. Corporations are just capitalist machines. No more employer loyalty, yet they expect the utmost devotion from employees. Some organizations scare me with their dedication. (I’m looking at you Apple, for sitting on $150 BILLION of cash and still colluding with other SV companies to artificially suppress engineering wages). I just don’t want to be in the position of getting laid off after 25 years of dedicated service putting in the above mentioned 60+ hrs a week.
5. The widening economic gap between the rich and the poor and the disappearing middle class. The rich just keep on getting richer and the poor even poorer. Though I do have to hand it to the 1%. They allow just enough government handouts and material distractions to prevent a rebellion from happening. Something Louis XVI and Czar Nicholas could’ve learned from.
Those are my top 5. But who knows? Maybe my views will change once I make it to the top. After all, it’s a long fall down and somebody’s got to keep the American Dream alive.