'The love of money as a possession… will be recognised for what it is, a somewhat disgusting morbidity.'
RIP Sue Townsend - thank you.
"The slender, steel frame of the Shabolovka Tower rises above the rooftops of Moscow. At 160m (525ft) high, it is a single exclamation mark in an otherwise dense urban landscape. Its filigree design gives it a delicate and ephemeral quality, but the radio tower has been a fixture of the skyline since 1922.
Commissioned by Lenin in 1919, the tower is commonly referred to as the Shukhov Tower after its designer - leading engineer Vladimir Shukhov, whose pioneering architectural vision first brought news of the modern world to the Soviet people.” [link]
50 years ago, America’s biggest employer was General Motors, where workers made the modern equivalent of $50 dollars an hour. Today, America’s biggest employer is Walmart, where the average wage is $8 dollars an hour. Which means you can share a room in a transient hotel with a drifter who cuts his toenails with a machete.
And Walmart released their annual report this month, and in it was the fact that most of what Walmart sells is food. And most of their customers need food stamps to pay for it. Meanwhile, Walmart’s owners are so absurdly rich that one of them, Alice Walton, spent over a billion dollars building an art museum in Bentonville, Arkansas, 500 miles away from the nearest person who ever would want to look at art.
And she said about it, “For years I’ve been thinking about what we can do as a family that can really make a difference.” How about giving your employees a raise, you deluded nitwit?
Take the case of Belle Knox. She’s the Duke University freshman who was recently outed as a porn star. But she doesn’t have the typical porn star biography… No, she’s a level-headed articulate 18-year-old majoring in women’s studies.
So people are saying, why the porn? Because Duke costs $61 grand a year! Since 1980, college tuition has increased 600% above the inflation rate. I’m surprised they’re not all doing porn. …
This is what the Paul Ryans of the world don’t understand — that this is not a country of lazy people and good people, so much as it is a country of rich people and desperate people.
Do you know how much Americans owe in student loans?
$1.3 trillion dollars.
We’re going to have to sell a lot of ass to pay that tab.
"Let other folk make money faster; In the air of darkroom’d towns;
I don’t dread a peevish master. Though no man may heed my frowns. I be free to go abroad,
Or take again my homeward road,
To where, for me, The apple tree Do lean down low in Linden Lea.”
This verse is from a Dorset folk song [link] by William Barnes. Ralph Vaughan Williams set to music four of Barnes’ poems, ‘My Orcha’d in Lindèn Lea’, in the “Common English” version (“Linden Lea”), ‘Blackmwore Maidens’, in the “Common English” version (“Blackmwore by the Stour”), “The Winter’s Willow”, and “In the Spring”.
Here it is on an old school roller-blackboard in a Norfolk lane where it was used at a funeral.