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Talked to a lady who works for the tax authority yesterday. Based on her job experience, her take on the welfare state is something like this:
"Of course there will always be freeloaders. So what?! This is about dignity. Everyone has a right to a good life and to be supported when they're struggling. If you want that, you've got to live with the freeloaders. Leave them be. That's the price you pay for a society where everyone is taken care of. It's not like they're doing any damage in the big picture - I've run those numbers more than once. You'll always get more out of it for society at large when you're incentivising good performance than when you're punishing people."

Opinion 

The library is an underutilized gem of modern society.

Beware the bored and capricious for theirs is the kingdom of chaos.

I have ascended. One of my bad jokes has been taken by my father. The son has created the dad joke. I believe this grants me ultimate power or at least the ability yo use the senior discount.

This is why you talk to coworkers about pay 

Just spoke to my coworker who has been working for the state for over a decade and found out that I make more money than they do by a significant margin. I have not been in this position for even a year yet. Benefit is we have a union and they now get to have a conversation to get paid what they are worth. Don't let companies tell you not to talk about compensation. That allows them to get away with taking advantage of people.

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I can't move to the Fediverse properly until I reproduce my famous pinned post from the birdsite, so here it is:

P.S.A. To all vintage computer and video game collectors:

Go through your collections and GET THE DAMN BATTERIES OUT!

Now! Don't wait! Seriously, put down the phone, go to your collection and take out all the batteries. Right now! Even if they look "okay" they are NOT SAFE after this much time.

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"Can you- said the wizard.
"Could you-" said the witch.
Both laughed.
"You first."
"Do you know how to change a person?"
"I was going to ask if you know how to stop a person changing."
"Well, not ethically."
"Same "
"I guess both our clients will be disappointed."
"That's life."
#MicroFiction #SmallStories

Frustration food mention 

Situation from today.

Me morning:hey hun I'm thinking of making X today for dinner. That sound okay?

Them: yes sounds great.

Me before cooking: is X still okay for dinner tonight?

Them: yeah I'm getting hungry.

Me now: dinners done.

Them: I'm not going to eat any of that.

Me internally: why do I even bother?

Life (dog in pain mention) 

Me: dog needs to get their nails trimmed *desperately* so I ask my partner to take them.

Them: can't you do it? I'm busy about to fight this boss.

Me: No, I cannot walk out of court case for the job that provides 100% of the money we use to survive.

Them: Well maybe you can do it another day.

Me: *internally screams*

Result. Dog has pulled a claw on a back paw. Which he will not let me trim. He only grudgingly allows me to trim his front paws.

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Because I need something fun today. If you could have any pokemon as a real pet what would you choose and why?

For me it would be Ledian. I just love that cute punchy bug.

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Hey.

Yeah you.

Stop scrolling for just a second (really that’s all).

Take a deep breath.

Exhale slowly.

Do that once or twice.

Ok that’s all thank you. Please remember to take care of yourself tonight.

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Never forget: most of us have been poisoned by a toxic educational system that teaches us systematically that failing at a task or not knowing a correct answer is shameful.

There is no inherent shame in failure, in not knowing, or in being wrong, and we shouldn't actively shame others for it.

Get back up, learn something new, and try again.

Sometimes we need to scream into the void. To vent all of our frustrations that cannot be usefully pointed in a constructive direction.
Other times it is nice to remember to ask the void how it is doing. From my conversations the void appreciates it.

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YOOO WELCOME TO MASTADON EVERYONE

LET’S FUKKEN GOOOOOOOO

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What we need, as heavily online people, is the Small Internet.

Search engines that aren't algorithmically based, and maybe give some less relevant -- but more intriguing -- results. Social media that has filters you can set, but doesn't let an AI curate your topics. Weird little blogs, less ad-laden websites.

What we need is a little more inconvenience.

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