The Whole Damn Cake

Recently a Paramedic named Jens Rushing took to Facebook to vent about minimum wage increase. Here’s her awesome post below

Fast food workers in NY just won a $15/hr wage.

I’m a paramedic. My job requires a broad set of skills: interpersonal, medical, and technical skills, as well as the crucial skill of performing under pressure. I often make decisions on my own, in seconds, under chaotic circumstances, that impact people’s health and lives. I make $15/hr.

And these burger flippers think they deserve as much as me?

Good for them.

Look, if any job is going to take up someone’s life, it deserves a living wage. If a job exists and you have to hire someone to do it, they deserve a living wage. End of story. There’s a lot of talk going around my workplace along the lines of, “These guys with no education and no skills think they deserve as much as us? Fuck those guys.” And elsewhere on FB: “I’m a licensed electrician, I make $13/hr, fuck these burger flippers.”

And that’s exactly what the bosses want! They want us fighting over who has the bigger pile of crumbs so we don’t realize they made off with almost the whole damn cake. Why are you angry about fast food workers making two bucks more an hour when your CEO makes four hundred TIMES what you do? It’s in the bosses’ interests to keep your anger directed downward, at the poor people who are just trying to get by, like you, rather than at the rich assholes who consume almost everything we produce and give next to nothing for it.

My company, as they’re so fond of telling us in boosterist emails, cleared 1.3 billion dollars last year. They expect guys supporting families on 26-27k/year to applaud that. And that’s to say nothing of the techs and janitors and cashiers and bed pushers who make even less than us, but they are as absolutely crucial to making a hospital work as the fucking CEO or the neurosurgeons. Can they pay us more? Absolutely. But why would they? No one’s making them.

The workers in NY *made* them. They fought for and won a living wage. So how incredibly petty and counterproductive is it to fuss that their pile of crumbs is bigger than ours? Put that energy elsewhere. Organize. Fight. Win.

Need she say more?

Mic drop.Walk away.

The I Like Giving Drone

I Like Giving is a nonprofit that inspires people to live generously. They created this drone as a way to embody that giving spirit.

You can enter to win a chance to give to someone you know with the I Like Giving Drone here.

I’m liking this I Like Giving Drone thing.

The Light Phone, your phone away from phone

A credit card-sized cell phone designed to be used as little as possible. The Light Phone is your phone away from phone.

The Light Phone is a credit card-sized cell phone that was actually designed to be used as little as possible. The Light Phone dubs itself your phone away from phone, helping you disconnect and enjoy the day free of distractions while still never missing a call from mom.

In the creators own words:

The Light Phone is a discreet credit card sized mobile phone designed to be used as little as possible. It works as a stand alone device or it can get calls forwarded from your existing phone number via an app. Other features are limited to ten speed dials and a time display. Light works independently of your carrier as an inexpensive, pre-paid phone. We are also going to offer the phone with an affordable unlimited plan.

Get your life back and pre-order The Light Phone

First World Problem Store.

First World Problem Store is an online store that helps you treat your first world problems in order to raise funds for aids.

Here’s a description from the website:

“Everyone has luxury problems from time to time, and that’s great! A luxury problem has never been this valuable! Profits of First World Problem Pills will be used by Aids Fonds to provide everyone with access to HIV medication. So your personal problem is in fact helping solve a much bigger problem. Buying First World Problem Pills doesn’t make you a diva, but a hero!

First World Problem Pills are 100% peppermint and solve all your everyday dilemmas. They are also 100% placebo and 100% of the profit goes to Aids Fonds’ aim to provide HIV medication to people who can’t afford it. Medication for medication that is.

Nearly 22 million people worldwide don’t have access to HIV medication. Which results in many people still unnecessarily dying from the results of AIDS. Nobody should die of AIDS because of lack of medication. The profits of these First World Problem Pills will be used by Aids Fonds to provide people with access to HIV medication. These are medicine for medicine. Which means that our luxury problems can help solve a much bigger problem.”

FINALLY…

Marky, The Do Good Marker

One-for-One Markers

Marky is a 12 color marker set dubbed the Do Good Marker. For each package sold they donate enough to send a kid in need to school for one day. Looks like all my nieces and nephews will be getting an early Christmas present!

(Found on TrendHunter)

Logged Out – Ikea’s new placemat helps you stay logged out during dinner

Ikea-sittning

Ikea wants to help you make dinner become dinner again with it’s new “Logged Out” placemat designed by Maria VinkaThe placemat features a sleeve to hide your phone from view while you eat so that you’re dinners can become a little less robotic and a little more human again.

(Found on Relevant Magazine)