Let’s talk about the divide in Millennial earnings.

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My friend Robert is doing everything he can to get by. His life doesn’t remotely resemble extravagant luxury. He currently lives with his mother to save money on rent. He eats cheap food he buys at Walmart or a discount grocery chain cheaper than Walmart. He doesn’t go out and spend on restaurants. He lives the kind of life that we Millennials are accused of living all the time.

We’re “killing” everything, remember? From mayo to restaurants, chain retailers to shopping malls, and even dairy, diamonds, napkins, and pet food.

We’re supposedly killing all of these industries because we’re not…


So, let me get this straight...you just argued that the United States should actually *sponsor* rabid, hateful racism, just because the guy was passionate?


A History Lesson on Racist Dog-Whistling

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It’s hard to convey with words the raw emotions I felt, turbulent and disturbing, that flowed through my veins as I heard the news. My girlfriend looked up from her phone with widened eyes and her jaw lowered in astonishment. She was visibly upset and I was about to find out why. “Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is lowering the American flags to half-mast today in honor of Rush Limbaugh,” she said. I instantly found myself speechless.

Rush Limbaugh? Really?

I wondered. My heart sank.

We didn’t even need to say anything to one another. It was like we could read…


Politics

Republicans failed and now they’re blaming liberals in deep Texas.

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Snow-covered blue USPS mailboxes in Texas; Photo by Matthew T Rader on Unsplash

Texas Governor Greg Abbot is scrambling to restore power to millions of people in the deep-red state of Texas after a massive series of storms delivered a one-two punch to the entire state. Texas was hit by an uncanny winter snowstorm, with temperatures now resting uncomfortably below zero, right after it had been slammed with rain the week prior. With subzero temperatures and millions without power, over 30 people have died at the time of this writing.

Residents can’t get access to food, medicine, or warmth. Some residents have taken to cutting up their fences to burn for wood in…


Writing

Hint: it wasn’t by focusing on just the money

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Calling all professional and amateur writers alike, I wanted to talk about how I made $9,000 from writing in December of 2020, so I could give you a glance into how I’m making it out here these days.

The end of 2020 was a tumultuous time for everyone. The virus raged on. We were locked down and, us writers being people who need stimulation more often than not, the quarantines were starting to weigh heavily on us. That’s when a lot of people I know began to struggle with their writing. We writers need stimulation.

A lot of people have…


Politics

Why did that moment resonate with us so much?

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It went far beyond the fashion statement of the moment, as a photo of former Democratic front-runner for the Presidency, Bernie Sanders, took the internet by storm. There he sat, bundled up in his tan jacket and brown speckled mittens, overseeing the inauguration of his former rival, President Joe Biden. The world was chaos. Everyone was searching for meaning and none of us were finding it.

We feel lost. We feel confused. And most of all, we’ve felt lied to for years.

The United States was reeling in from a turbulent election that was almost stolen by the former President…


“Casino Capitalism” is where survival is a matter of luck.

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Bernie Sanders giving his “I told you so” look. Source: Shutterstock

The Internet erupted in a firestorm of discussion, anger, confusion, and finger-pointing as the r/wallstreetbets news story broke. It all started when a group of amateur investors, everyday people like you and me, bundled together to “bet” on long-shot stocks that had almost no chance of success in the long term (or even the short term).

Stocks like Blackberry, AMC, and GameStop were targeted. What did all these stocks have in common? They were all cultural relics that were outdated, displaced by new competitors, and pushed out of the market. This means they were all heavily hedged against. …


Writing | Money

You won’t get rich quick, but little bits add up over time

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Everyone’s looking for ways to get a passive income these days. The two words “passive income” used together are all the rage these days. Unfortunately, most of what people call “passive income” aren’t truly passive.

They’ll tell you about mastering consulting or SEO, they’ll tell you about building a following and then doing a course where you teach people how to write. Anyone who’s done these things knows, of course, that these types of income are definitely not passive.

In this story, I’m going to give you share with you three ways to make passive income streams that are truly…


Tech | Money

An introduction to Brave browser — the browser that pays and protects your privacy at the same time

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I’m not sure about you, but I’m always looking for new ways to scrape a little bit of change into my pocket. I remember when I was a young boy, as a toddler my parents would take me over to their friends’ houses to visit. I remember one house we’d go visit had a big five-gallon water jug that fits into the dispensers at offices upside down. The jug was empty of water and it was full of change instead.

As the couple would come home from work every day, they’d toss their spare change into the jug that sat…


And now I tell my story

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When I was seventeen, I got hired at my first official corporate job. It wasn’t anything glamorous. It was a unique fast-food establishment, none of the major chains that anyone thinks of when we think of fast-food. I quickly acclimated to the job and the people and over the next few months, I would come to love my colleagues, making friendships that would last a lifetime.

I had been working at the restaurant for about a year. It was only a fifteen-to-twenty-minute walk from my house. It was a Sunday night. My usual day off.

Over the course of the…

Joe Duncan

From Los Angeles, California. Life isn’t a series of many moments, but one moment that is always changing. Buy me coffee here: https://ko-fi.com/joeduncan

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