If You Work in the US, You Don’t Know How Bad You Have It

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      eridani
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      https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/10/03/if-you-work-in-the-u-s-you-dont-know-how-bad-you-have-it/

      Other surveys have reached similar conclusions. A report by the U.S. staffing firm Robert Half said nearly 70 percent of professionals who work remotely because of the pandemic work on the weekends and 45 percent say they regularly work more hours during the week than they did before the pandemic. For front-line workers not able to work at home, stress and mental health difficulties have increased sharply, with problems particularly acute in the U.S. due to its inability to provide coherent responses to Covid-19 and the chaos triggered by extreme right operatives who created the “Tea Party” organizing the anti-science and anti-intellectual spectacles opposing measures designed to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.

      Where does all this lead? To health problems and shorter lifespans. A study conducted by researchers at the World Health Organization and the International Labour Organization reported that excessive working hours led to 745,000 deaths from stroke and ischemic heart disease in 2016, a 29 per cent increase from 2000. The study found that, in 2016, “398,000 people died from stroke and 347,000 from heart disease as a result of having worked at least 55 hours a week. Between 2000 and 2016, the number of deaths from heart disease due to working long hours increased by 42%, and from stroke by 19%.”

      Austerity and economic dislocation have taken their toll around the world, but the already existing harshness of life in the United States on top of austerity and dislocation takes a particular toll there. Nearly half a million excess deaths occurred in the U.S. from 1999 to 2015 from drug and alcohol poisonings, suicide, and chronic liver diseases and cirrhosis. A paper published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal PNAS found this increase in the death rate was limited to the U.S. among advanced capitalist countries.

      We’re perhaps taken in more bad news than we can reasonably digest. It’s understandable to not wish to take in too much bad news at once. For readers with knowledge of the world, none of the statistics presented above make for a surprise. It is thus tempting to ask: Would the particularly toxic brand of nationalism practiced by millions of United Statesians continue as virulently were the above statistics widely known? Sadly, perhaps it would. If we were to summarize the discourse of U.S. nationalists, it would be: “We’re number one! We can kill more foreigners in less time than any other country! USA! USA!” Is being able to cheerlead for the world’s biggest military really worth working so many hours for such dismal results?

      Jesus: Hey, Dad? God: Yes, Son? Jesus: Western civilization followed me home. Can I keep it? God: Certainly not! And put it down this minute--you don't know where it's been! Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction

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      GZeusH
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      ….no wonder I’m an immortal.

      Corporate America consists of totalitarian entities laser-focused on short-term greed.

      My pronouns: vuestra merced, monsieur, господин, pana Bogu, πανίσχυρος Δίας

    • #448359
      Punxsutawney
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      To make sure the rich get richer. Don’t forget that.

      In America, “Liberty” means “Free to Die in Service of Capital” - Amfortas the hippie.

      Most of today’s elites have the moral and social reasoning capacities of spoiled toddlers.

      “People of privilege will always risk their complete destruction rather than surrender any material part of their advantage...but the privileged also feel that their privileges, however egregious they may seem to others, are a solemn, basic, God-right. The sensitivity of the poor to injustice is a trivial thing c

    • #448361
      kelly
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      “chaos triggered by extreme right operatives who created the “Tea Party” organizing the anti-science and anti-intellectual spectacles opposing measures designed to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.”

      • #448391
        Average Gazoo
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        Odd that his statistics point to:
        – too much power and influence over US health care by pharmaceutical and insurance corporations
        – a weak and industry-cozy FDA, HHS and CDC being unwilling to hold any of them accountable or make obvious changes

        Yet he starts out by blaming a subset of partisan operatives that have tapped into, not created, the frustrations

        The grammar and verbs in the last quoted paragraph show someone with poor command of language:

        “We’re perhaps taken (sic) in more bad news than we can reasonably digest. It’s understandable to not wish to take in too much bad news at once. For readers with knowledge of the world, none of the statistics presented above make for a surprise…”

        What a mess that is.

        Be the Change

    • #448363
      Passionate Progressive
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      Amerikun cinema/TV has really dumbed down the population for decades and fed into the inherent geographic isolation….Academia is also to blame.

      The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.....Martin Luther King '63

      It takes all the technical proficiency our system can provide to make up for the woeful lack of popular support and political savvy of most of the regimes that the West has thus far sought to prop up.........Bernard Fall

    • #448374
      closeupready
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      things like single payer health care, taxpayer funded college tuition and universal basic income can come to fruition in the US.

      Because the boomers have all the wealth and power in the US. And we see in our geriatric Congress that they are NOT going to give up any of it.

      The opinions and personal views expressed herein are solely those of the author, and should never be taken seriously.

    • #448376
      Utopian Leftist
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      made anyone wealthy, service workers would all be millionaires.

      Worse, if you spend your entire life working, what the fuck was it all for? If you don’t force them to give you time to enjoy the fruits of your efforts, then they will work you like the slave you are and you deserve to be.

      “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” ~ Krishnamurti
      "Given the choice between a Republican and a Democrat who acts like a Republican, the voter will choose a Republican every time." ~ Harry Truman

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