“Except that repairing infrastructure is for young, able bodied construction workers mainly. This fellow still wouldn't have a job. I think food stamps would be his best bet. We all outlive our usefulness to "society" at some point.”
MiddleMolly on Dec 8, 2013 at 01:45:37
“But when there are more jobs over all, there is more demand for everything. No, this man might not qualify for construction, but all of those young people with construction jobs will be buying more things.. perhaps things that he might be involved in selling. Or one of his children would get one of those jobs and be a good enough human being to toss a few bucks into the family till.”
Nov 24, 2013 at 13:50:56
“Basketball players actually do something. Models essentially trade on their vanity.”
h lance on Nov 24, 2013 at 18:40:32
“Actually, vanity is not necessary. They do have to maintain the appearance desired by the merchants and manufacturers who hire them. Whether they're vain or not is irrelevant.
I realize you're having trouble with this concept, but models are people hired by non-model merchants and manufacturers to demonstrate certain type of goods to potential consumers.
What's causing your confusion is that when comedy writers wish to create a "comically vain" character, they often make "model" that character's imaginary profession. In fact comically vain characters existed long before the job "model" existed (Shakespeare used them, for example).
Some models may be vain, of course, but what they are, is people who are hired by merchants and manufacturers to demonstrate certain types of goods to consumers, and that's all they are. Nothing more, nothing less.”
Nov 24, 2013 at 05:35:55
“There's something inherently wrong with the entire concept of being a "model".”
Sp17F1R3 on Nov 25, 2013 at 13:02:02
“Is it because they make you feel bad about you? It's called SELF esteem.”
jefferycampbell on Nov 25, 2013 at 11:35:22
“It depends on how you define "model." If you are referring to representation of something, in this case a man, I suppose it's not too awful. The problem starts when we assume the "model" is the "ideal" and something to be achieved no matter what. That kind of thinking drives "normal" people insane.”
Bob Owen on Nov 25, 2013 at 10:50:52
“No there isn't. There's nothing wrong with trying to be as ideal as you can.”
h lance on Nov 24, 2013 at 12:30:27
“No there isn't. It's a perfectly honest, useful job. Models help manufacturers and merchants display garments, accessories and some other products to consumers.
Humans judge some other humans to be attractive and merchants tend to use those particular humans as models. Don't like that? It's unfair? It's no more unfair than that I can't be a pro basketball player, because I'm average height and not very coordinated. The fact that you can't be a model is no reason for someone who can to turn down an honest, legal, lucrative, desirable job.
Some products displayed by models are manufactured inhumanely or have some other objectionable characteristic? Well, that's true, but the modeling step is the least significant step in the chain that perpetuates that.”
JenAshley on Nov 24, 2013 at 11:54:46
“Why? Do you not like groups you can never belong to?”
“Take the profiteers out of health care. Anyone could have seen this coming. During the height of the recession in the bay area the only ones building were so called "health care" companies. Readying for the boom.”
icanhazemail on Nov 22, 2013 at 09:15:41
“Easy to say, so much harder to do when the corporations and huge insurance companies not only profit so much, but control so much.”
“I recall flying Royal Hawaiian Air Service from Oahu to Maui on occasion during the seventies. One time the weather was so clear over the mountains, (rare), that the pilot asked us if we'd mind taking a few detours. First we flew over the pali then, after flying along the north shore of Molokai and over Kalapapa he decided to take a right turn into one of the valleys. We flew through the central valley that runs along the spine of Molokai until popping up over a ridge and into Halawa valley. Truly unforgettable.”
“Do you know anyone who's in a "relationship" and happy about it? I don't. The most I can say is that they find it preferable to being alone, which essentially means they're not comfortable with themselves.”
“If I knew any happily monogamous people I'd disagree with him. The only ones I know who say they are happily married are pretty much done living and wouldn't know the difference between "happy" and taking a nap.”
milomilano on Nov 7, 2013 at 09:05:42
“How sad for you. You're idea of "living" just might be very different to people who are committed to each other and their family.”