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The First Snow of the Year

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So, finally, on January 18th, New York City is seeing its first snow. Once again, the streets are covered in white, and it finally feels like Christmas! (be it almost an entire month late) But still, the snow is here. It’s time to find that sweater, gather in a coffee shop, and put on some Fiona Apple. Right now, I have 2 out of the 3.

I’m plotting. Dreaming. Mischiefing. A big travel event is coming up next weekend that I have to go to for work. You go to meet and mingle. To set up trips and potential articles. my goal is to fill my year with as many trips as possible.

My goal is to have at least 1 trip every single month. And yet, something in me also wants to run away. I have always wanted to run. I want to go somewhere new, unexpected, and exciting. I want to do something. I want to make something happen. 

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Snowy days like these always make me want to travel. To run. I want to hop on a flight to Botswana and go volunteer at a nature sanctuary. I want to fly to Australia and help with the fires. I want to go instal solar panels in the 3rd world. I want to do something!!!!!!!

The problems we have in America are so fucking stupid. Republicans are stirring up fear, anger, and hatred against poor people, women, LGBTQ people, Jewish people, black people, muslims, Mexicans, and literally, anyone who isn’t them.

And because our country is so focused fighting for dumb things that should be obvious to everyone, we can’t work on the bigger issues. The bigger problems. The real problems. I’m bored of this country. I’m bored of the bullshit of America. I’m bored of how easily Americans were bought and sold. Of how easy it was to completely divide America and destroy it from the inside.

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And so, I want to run. I want to go somewhere else. Somewhere new. Somewhere where adventure is still possible. Where making friends is still possible. Where learning something new is still possible. Where growing as a person is still possible.

And I understand that I probably sound spoiled, and that’s also the problem with America. We have this problem where, if someone can see the situation from the outside…from a different perspective…they’re labeled privileged or spoiled or uneducated. When in reality, maybe they’re not. Just because someone calls you out on bullshit doesn’t mean that they’re the problem. Maybe…. just maybe… you’re full of bullshit.

And so, I want to run. Go somewhere new. Away from Trumpism. Away from #Woke. Away from America.

I want to run.

 

~ The Dark Horse

(No, not proofread)

 

 

 

The Problem with America’s Growing Economy

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So, there’s a problem in our economic model right now that nobody seems to be aware of. And that problem is freelance, casual, and temporary employment.

Freelance is like a writer for most websites. They’re paid per-article (some websites pay fair wages, some don’t) but there is no job protection and employers aren’t required to provide any sort of benefits to them.

Casual employment is the jobs that come from apps. Think Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, or Wag (among the millions of others) and even websites such as Fiverr. These technically allow people to work “whenever they want”, but in reality, aside from the ride-share apps, you’re forced to work around other people’s schedules. Again, wages usually aren’t per-hour, they’re per-task or from bonuses.

Temporary is like Christmas jobs in retail and summer jobs at resorts. They last from 1-3 months and then they won’t exist again until the next year.

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So, here’s the problem – Yes, the number of jobs in America is increasing, but a lot of those job numbers come from freelance, casual, and temporary employment.

This creates four massive problems:

The first is that while technically “a job” was created, there’s no guarantee as to how many hours a week these people can work, nor is there any guarantee as to how much money they can make even while they are working.

In the case of freelancers, someone can have a freelance contract with Forbes or a similar site, but that doesn’t mean they’re guaranteed an article everyday. And some sites pay as little as $15 per article. Imagine you spend an entire morning working on an article to wind up with $15. Even if you churned out four articles a day, that’s a before-tax take-home of just $60.

The same goes for casual and temporary. Your Christmas season job at Target probably won’t give you 40 hours a week, and and just how many hours a day do you think you’ll be spending walking people’s dogs on Wag?

Wag On-Demand Dog Walking App In Washington DC

This brings us to the second problem. Because these three types of jobs are so sporadic and unpredictable, many people are forced to take on multiple. For example, it’s extremely common for drivers to be registered with both Uber and Lyft. It’s also extremely common for freelancer writers to have freelance contracts with up to five different companies in order to be able to make as much money as possible. it’s also common for people in restaurants and retail to hold multiple jobs.

This looks great on paper. For every ride-share driver, two jobs have been created – One with Uber and one with Lyft. For every freelance writer who’s balancing five gigs, technically speaking, five jobs have been created.

But as is obvious, you can’t drive for Uber while simultaneously driving for Lyft. Similarly, if a freelancer is writing for Forbes one morning, they can’t also be simultaneously writing for another company too. People can only take on one job at a time. This means that while the freelancer has created five jobs, in reality, only one of those jobs is being actively worked at any given time. This is a problem because it’s massively altering our unemployment numbers.

Despite what conservatives think, nobody likes to be unemployed. When asked, Americans will gladly say they’re employed… even if that employment is nothing more than causal employment on an app, where they might only be working 15 hours per week. So while it seems like America is having this massive economic boom, it’s a facade for the reality, which is that a lot of the employment being created is fragile, falsified, and underpaid.

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Which leads us to the third problem. This kind of employment is extremely fragile and holds absolutely no security and no benefits of any kind. The biggest threat is the looming recession ahead. When people start losing jobs, they (obviously) start losing money too. And the first thing to go will be the unneeded luxuries. Paying a stranger to walk your dog through Wag, for example, will not be the highest priority on people’s minds when they’re looking to save money. Similarly, paying that person on TaskRabbit (another popular job app) to plant your flowers will also become one of the first things people cut out of their budget.

The less money there is to go around, the less demand app-employment will have. The same goes for restaurants and retail. During recessions, people cook more and buy less clothing. A lot of the jobs we’re currently creating can only be sustained in a good economy.

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The fourth problem will make everything even worse. As more people become unemployed, more people will desperately try to find easy work through the apps and in unskilled labor like restaurants and retail. I remember growing up in Ohio during the last recession and waiting tables at a diner around grown adults with master’s degrees.

The same will happen for app employment. As people lose their stable jobs, they’ll seek employment on the apps until they can find another job. So, as demand decreases, supply will increase, only cannibalizing on people’s attempts at scoring work.

The same will happen to freelance roles. During the last recession, we saw many staff positions be phased out, with companies opting instead for freelancers who don’t need to be paid as much and who don’t need to be given benefits. Freelance work almost always occurs at a lower pay rate than staff positions, causing even more people’s wages to be lowered. An even bigger problem is that many companies never rebounded after the recession. Many staff jobs never returned, and companies, always looking to save a buck, decided to continue using freelance work over staff positions.

The question is, what to do about the precarious situation we’re in? How do we fix a problem that hasn’t even been addressed yet? How do we keep an economy built on fragile employment from toppling over like a Jenga tower? And most importantly, what will we do during the next economic downturn to prevent it from completely collapsing?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trans People on Dating Apps

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Ok, so I hate to bitch about things again, but I’ve noticed a common trend with trans people lately on apps like Grindr, Tinder, and Bumble.

So it goes like this:

Their profile will be like, “I’m blah blah blah and interested in blah blah blah…. and btw, yes I’m trans, and NO it’s not my job to teach you about it. Go Google it on your own, this isn’t my responsibility….”

AND YES, I SEE THIS OFTEN.

So then I’m forced to respond (because, how could I not?) with, “Why do you think it isn’t your responsibility?”

And they’re always like… “What do you mean?”

And I’m like… “You’re trans, and oppressed minority who is demanding equal rights… So how the fuck do you somehow believe it isn’t your job to educate the country on trans people? It most certainly is your responsibility.”

And of course, then I get the…

OMG YOU TRUMP SUPPORTER!

TYPICAL WHITE MAN!

CIS WHITE PRIVILEGE!

SEE THIS IS WHAT IM TALKING ABOUT!!!! I’M OPPRESSED!!!

And then they say something like,

OMG THIS ALWAYS HAPPENS!

WHY CANT I JUST BE ME!

I JUST WANT TO LIVE MY LIFE!

(which only makes me more annoyed)

So I’m like, “Look. I’m not anti-trans. However, this is insane. You wonder why half this country hates trans people? You wonder why they’re so uneducated? Why they’re so confused, hateful, and afraid? Well imagine not knowing a trans person, and then the only ones you meet are like, DON’T ASK ME QUESTIONS! IT ISNT MY JOB! JUST GO AWAY!”

I’m like…”You’re just fucking yourself and your cause over.”

AND THEN,  EVERY.   SINGLE.   TIME. The response I get is, “BECAUSE IT ISN’T FAIR THAT I HAVE TO DO THAT.”

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And I’m like… listen cunt. NO SHIT! Of course it isn’t fair. Oppression, by definition, isn’t fair. But just because it isn’t fair doesn’t mean it isn’t the truth.

Can you people imagine if the black community was like, “Well, a bus strike would raise national attention and hurt the economy of the white man…BUT UGH… IT ISN’T FAIR THAT I’LL HAVE TO WALK TO WORK…SO I’M NOT GOING TO DO IT.”

I didn’t enjoy getting beat up as the gay kid in Ohio. It wasn’t fair. But it was the truth. It’s what happened. It’s how my hometown treated gay people.

Also, listen to yourself. If you don’t educate people on it… how many people will?  How many transphobic people will actually go and Google it on their own? And even if they do, they’ll probably search FoxNews or InfoWars or something which is exactly where you DON’T want them getting their news from.

ALSO, SPOILER ALERT HERE — The fact that you can say that is privilege!!!!!!!!

CHECK YOUR PRIVILEGE BRO!

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The fact that you can be like, I’m trans, but isn’t my job to fight for my own rights, IS PRIVILEGE. And I guess what, if you were in my hometown, you wouldn’t be able to act like that. Trans people in big cities and liberal areas like the coasts have no idea what actual oppression is. And your attitudes are only hurting LGBT people stuck in middle America who don’t have the privilege of living in an open and accepting area like you.

So, get your head out of your ass. Yes, life as a trans person is unfair. But this world is unfair. And those who hate you don’t care that its unfair towards you, so I’m not sure why you think simply saying “This is unfair” is going to change anything. THEY DON’T CARE. You, YES YOU, have to actually fight for it.

I, as a cis person, can defend you and can vote for liberal policies, but it’s highly unlikely that I can change people’s minds on trans people since I’m not trans. Unfortunately, it’s UP TO YOU. 

 

The Hypocrisy of Liberals

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So, as always, i feel I need to start this post by reminding everyone that I am not a Trump supporter and I will not vote him in 2020, nor do I support the alt-right. It’s sad that anytime you question someone these days, they assume you’re the enemy, or “the other side.”

However, I do need to do some liberal bashing right now. The topic today is drugs. 

Exhibit A: Liberals are all up in arms about the problems at the border, and are all about helping the disenfranchised.

Exhibit B: The illegal drug trade from in South and Central America, that trickles into Mexico and then the US is a huge problem that contributes to these issues.

Exhibit C: Liberals do drugs.

So, liberals… CAN YOU EXPLAIN YOURSELF TO ME PLEASE? 

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And yes, I’m aware that “Pot should be legal” and I also understand that you “Just do MDMA sometimes at the club” or “A little cocaine at special occasions…

But here’s the thing. Pot isn’t legal for the most part yet, so buying it contributes to the drug trade. Don’t believe me? In 2017, a man was murdered in front of my house in Cambridge, MA over a pot deal gone wrong. It happens. Stop lying to yourself you selfish cunts who don’t deserve shit.

And sure, maybe you only do MDMA or coke sometimes…. but every other liberal like you also does it sometimes, and when you have a country of 300 million only doing drugs “sometimes” you wind up with a market that has a nonstop demand.

And especially to people of color – The rhetoric these days coming from people of color about the hardships faced by minority neighborhoods. The drugs, the poverty, the gangs, the poor education, the cops being against you – And yet, you’re participating in the illegal drug trade too! HOW ARE YOU NOT ASHAMED EVERY TIME YOU OPEN YOUR MOUTH TO JUDGE OTHER PEOPLE? 

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And what upsets me the most is that people who read this won’t care. In 2019, people (on both sides) are so full of themselves, so self-obsessed, so pious, so fucking delusional, that they’re not able to recognize their own flaws. They believe themselves to be the good guys, and anyone who questions them is OBVIOUSLY simply the bad guy…

 

So remember liberals, when you spark up your joint on Friday night, remember that tweet you sent out protesting the dispute at the border on Monday… and hopefully, you’ll recognize that you’re a total piece of shit hypocrite.

~ The Dark Horse

(No, this wasn’t proofread. This was written out of anger)

 

Trumpism is Terrifying, And I Have Proof

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So, a few days ago Trump held a rally and once again got the audience to start cheering “Lock Her Up!”  Why? Who knows, he won the 2016 election against Hilary, and she isn’t running in 2020, so the unending belligerence is beyond me. But, as hopefully most of you know by now, Trump is a cunt, and that’s the real reason why he can’t stop.

He’s a power-hungry ego-maniac who, incredibly, is actually insanely stupid. Question for all you Americans – If we were to ask Trump what the capital of Washington was, do you think he’d actually know? I fully believe that he’s just a rambling lunatic who is only where he is because of the team that props him up everyday.  The same team that preys upon America’s stupid, hateful, fearful, and greedy.

 

Ok, so here’s what happened:  You’ve all heard by now that social media platforms sell your information to advertisers, right? No shock there. So, sometimes I like to go on Trump’s Facebook page and troll him because social media seems to be the only platform he actually pays attention to. In light of the drone bombing, I had made a comment saying something like, “It’s funny how a few days ago Trump claimed he solved the Iran problem, stating ‘Iran used to say I hate America, I don’t hear them saying that anymore!’ and then the next day they blow one of our drones out of the sky.”

Then, after that I go onto a website called IMPAwards, which is a database of newly-released movie posters, because I love movies… and this ad pops up:

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Ok, my first problem is that this ad says nothing about the white men who have been doing things like shooting up churches, stabbing people on Portland trains, shooting up synagogues, running people over in Virginia, shooting up colleges, shooting up high schools, shooting up elementary schools, and mailing bombs to CNN….

My second problem is that this ad literally forgot to add the word BORDER.
THEY CAN’T EVEN SPELL PROPERLY! 

White trash Trump supporters can’t even proofread their own advertisements!

AND THE BIG PROBLEM HERE is the targeted advertising in our current age. For me, I travel a lot and love different cultures and geography and such. I’ve never had a problem with targeted advertising because it means that all the ads I see on websites are for Virgin Atlantic, Outward Bound, Hawaii Tourism, and things like that. But this just perfectly showed me that there’s a problem with it: It saw I visited Trump’s Facebook page and threw in this ad…

But imagine if you’re a conservative? And your search history is filled with Fox News, Trump’s Facebook page, and InfoWars – ads like this must be as normal for them as Virgin Atlantic ads are to me! This kind of crazy shit is being fed to Trump supporters every single day, only making them think that their insane views are normal and acceptable and applaudable.

I’m very scared for 2020

~ The Dark Horse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Roommate is a Trump Supporter Part 2

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So, the other week I made a post about my roommate being a Trump supporter and all the horrible and stupid shit he says.  Well, with the release of the Mueller Report, he’s gone balls to the wall, fucking batshit nuts.

Which is ridiculous. I’m a very liberal person. However, I fully understand that Trump will win in 2020 because Democrats can’t get their shit together and nobody in the country has the balls to hold the Republican party accountable for anything.

So, why he’s mad, I’m not sure…..

He’s literally guaranteed Trump until 2024 (vomits)

But what makes me so sad is that he’s dug himself into this little hole. He listens only to male country singers. He watches only Fox News. He reads only Alt-Right websites. He has no friends in New York and never leaves the apartment because he feels the people here are mean to him, and judge him for being a Trump supporter….

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WHICH IS SO FUNNY TO ME, BECAUSE AS A GAY GUY WHO GREW UP IN OHIO, I WAS CONSTANTLY TOLD BY PEOPLE LIKE HIM THAT I SHOULD JUST LEAVE OHIO AND GO RUN AWAY TO SOME BIG LIBERAL CITY WHERE I WOULDN’T BOTHER “REAL AMERICANS” SO MUCH. 

SO TO MY ROOMMATE, I’D SAY THE SAME – YOU CAN’T BE IN NEW YORK…THE CITY WHERE ALL OF US FROM THE MIDWEST HAVE TO RUN AWAY TO BECAUSE OF PEOPLE LIKE YOU… AND THEN BE MAD THAT NONE OF US WANT YOU HERE. 

YOUR PEOPLE CONSTANTLY TOLD ME TO GET OUT MY ENTIRE LIFE.

SO NOW I SAY THE SAME. 

GO BACK TO KENTUCKY WHERE YOU BELONG. 

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What was really terrifying though was the “stand-up comedy” he blasted from the living room the other day.  I have stand-up in quotes because I saw no comedy here. There weren’t even jokes.  I swear to you people, this is verbatim what was said —–

Comedian: You know who I really hate? Bernie Sanders! 

(Audience claps)

Comedian: What a fucking piece of shit right? 

(Audience bursts out laughing and cheering)

Comedian: Someone really needs to walk up to that motherfucker and just punch him in the fucking face! 

(Audience laughing uproariously)

Comedian:  Seriously, like, he wants to steal our money???? If he ever tries to steal my money I’m going beat the shit out of him!

(Audience going completely fucking nuts)

Comedian: I think Bernie doesn’t get that we’re powerful. If he ever comes for us, we’re gonna’ take him down! 

(Audience going so crazy I’m surprised the theater didn’t collapse)

 

People… this shit was scary.

Republicans went nuts when Samantha Bee called Ivanka a feckless cunt, and yet they have no problem with someone saying they’re going to beat Bernie Sanders to death?

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Ya’ll, we are fucked. These people are terrifying. Can we please get our act together for 2020?  Please? 

 

The Dark Horse