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(The Atlantic)   Chances are, your job is killing you. Assuming you have a job in this economy   (theatlantic.com ) divider line
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2012-04-12 12:07:17 AM  
"in this economy" is the most pathetic phrase, ever.
 
2012-04-12 12:15:22 AM  
No, my job is keeping me alive. Being unemployed almost killed me.
 
2012-04-12 12:16:18 AM  
Like I needed Fark to tell me that.
 
2012-04-12 12:17:11 AM  
My God...this has NEVER happened before in the history of the Earth!
 
2012-04-12 12:20:02 AM  
Technically, if you're in the military, your job is killing other people

bingethinker: No, my job is keeping me alive. Being unemployed almost killed me.


And this
 
2012-04-12 12:27:37 AM  
I work for myself, which means I hardly work. I suppose I could work harder and get more work, but then I'm thinking, "What if I work too hard and then I can't go back to hardly working?"

The best way to solve this problem is to have a child with my long-time girlfriend. Then at least the money is going to something worthwhile.
 
2012-04-12 12:44:21 AM  
Yeah, lack of money is a greater cause for poor health. I don't make much, but I had to figure out how to stretch more food out of the same paycheck. Lots of fiber and vegetables - they fill you up. Plus, there's about a thousand ways you can make chicken, none of it terrible if you do it right.

The problem isn't lack of food; it's that healthy eating has high upfront capital costs, low rewards, and high failure rates.
 
2012-04-12 01:11:54 AM  
"This economy" is doing great around my area. Now STFU and GBTW.
 
2012-04-12 01:23:20 AM  

PreMortem: "This economy" is doing great around my area. Now STFU and GBTW.


Well of course, they built that thing, and their media made a bunch of money from the internet because of Peyton Manning, and it looks like every thing is Hunk-E(li Manning)-Dory.
 
2012-04-12 01:26:48 AM  
It didn't kill me, but it did disable me.
 
2012-04-12 01:28:13 AM  

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: Yeah, lack of money is a greater cause for poor health. I don't make much, but I had to figure out how to stretch more food out of the same paycheck. Lots of fiber and vegetables - they fill you up. Plus, there's about a thousand ways you can make chicken, none of it terrible if you do it right.

The problem isn't lack of food; it's that healthy eating has high upfront capital costs, low rewards, and high failure rates.


Chicken is ALWAYS terrible.
 
2012-04-12 01:59:52 AM  

PreMortem: "This economy" is doing great around my area. Now STFU and GBTW.


Yeah for me too.

Of course...I'm a bankruptcy lawyer.

So, you know, I have a somewhat undertaker-ish outlook on these things.
 
2012-04-12 04:17:03 AM  
Yes, it is. I know it is. I used to run a 5 minute mile. I had a 90mph fastball. I could dunk without trying.

Now I write code. And I'm faaaaat.
 
2012-04-12 04:22:52 AM  
I wonder what working at one of those jobs that have sushi cafes and ping pong tables and on-site haircuts, etc., does for for your health. I'm actually honestly wondering because those jobs-I'm thinking of Google in particular, or maybe Apple to a degree-probably also have massive amounts of stress.

I work from home. I tend to think the effect is negligible on my health. I need to be more active in general, but my job doesn't prevent me from doing that, nor does it help with that.
 
2012-04-12 04:23:39 AM  
I suppose my job could kill me if I ate/drank something in the lab that I wasn't suppose to...
 
2012-04-12 04:25:52 AM  
Cracked just told me yesterday that my job would help keep me alive.

To egg, or not to egg...that is the question....
 
2012-04-12 04:35:00 AM  
Brace yourself, Subby: EVERYTHING is killing you. It's what living does.
 
2012-04-12 04:41:57 AM  

jaylectricity: PreMortem: "This economy" is doing great around my area. Now STFU and GBTW.

Well of course, they built this city on rock and roll. that thing, and their media made a bunch of money from the internet because of Peyton Manning, and it looks like every thing is Hunk-E(li Manning)-Dory.

 
2012-04-12 04:50:50 AM  
Perfect reading just before I sit for 12 hrs today. 8 at the office, 4 spent commuting. Exercise daily helps bur can't wait to get back to school.

/field work on beaches and underwater!
 
2012-04-12 04:53:05 AM  
Yes, yes it is. A little piece of me dies every day, mostly from irritation. I'm pretty lucky, otherwise.

Many people are willing to give up half the money they could make elsewhere to work for my employer. My employer just drives me crazy, is all. And those damned liberals giving up half of my pay so they can work with my employer. Boy, do they cheez me off!

Well, actually, they don't affect MY pay at all. I get paid a bit better than I would elsewhere and probably have it a bit easier than I would anywhere, except maybe the building next door. That would be a good short walk to work. I could almost go home for lunch if it didn't involve cooking.

Got a pretty damn good food court.
 
2012-04-12 04:56:18 AM  
My job is killing my back, so I'm going back to school for a better one. Picking up 1500 cases a night really sucks the life out of you.
 
2012-04-12 05:04:05 AM  

jaylectricity: The best way to solve this problem is to have a child with my long-time girlfriend.


Well, it seems like a strange request, but ok, challenge accepted.
 
2012-04-12 05:09:29 AM  
My last job very nearly did kill me so I'm getting a kick...

/15 years of 60-70 hour weeks is not a good idea if you're disabled to begin with.
 
2012-04-12 05:11:38 AM  
I'm sitting at a computer console working a 12 hour night shift now, so I'm getting a kiUUUUUUHHHHHH!
 
2012-04-12 05:16:57 AM  
Why yes, it is perfectly natural for a human being to be crouched into a sitting position for 8+ hours, in a room with bad lighting, staring into a constantly refreshing box of light. The ergonomics experts can go fark themselves, nothing makes that more natural. No, not even the angle of my head at a precise distance from the monitor.

And if the physical conditions aren't enough to send you to an early grave, whatever sap that thought up "open office work spaces" ensured that eventually you'll kill the sniffling guy next to you, go to jail, get the needle, die, and go to a hell that just magically sprang into existence just for you. JESUS CHRIST, JUST BLOW YOUR GODDAMNED NOSE!!!! HERE, here is a goddamned box of tissues. Blow your goddamned farking nose or I'll remove it, so help me god!! And you, biatch, turn down the volume of your phone. I'm three farking "open workspaces" away, I should not be able to hear all of your conversation.

/glad I don't do office work anymore
 
2012-04-12 05:19:36 AM  
Every time an article like this shows upon Fark, the writer never has a clue that all people don't work in offices. The article mentioned firefighters, or soldiers..that it? How about the millions of trade and construction workers? Line workers that work for power companies? People who work in the shipping business, on boats and what-not?

I know they can't mention everyone, but just as many people work outside of an office as inside one.

/would die quickly if I had to work in a fockn office all day
 
2012-04-12 05:27:32 AM  
It's killing my soul, that's for sure. The meaningless hamster wheel, the treadmill, no goals, nothing I can look at after the day is over and say, "Yeah, I did something."

I think I could take it better if it wasn't for the terrible terrible music we have to listen to all day. That's just the quartz grits in the rock polisher.
 
2012-04-12 05:30:06 AM  
Every time a developer closes out a huge bug by saying "Not a Bug" I nearly die of an aneurysm.

/Strange how those bugs are the first things that a reviewer talks about.
//QA didn't catch it my ass
 
2012-04-12 05:31:48 AM  

Raw_fishFood: It's killing my soul, that's for sure. The meaningless hamster wheel, the treadmill, no goals, nothing I can look at after the day is over and say, "Yeah, I did something."

I think I could take it better if it wasn't for the terrible terrible music we have to listen to all day. That's just the quartz grits in the rock polisher.


Man, I can sympathize with that. I used to have a job exactly like that, but through hard work and perseverance, I've now found a MUCH better environment. They don't play music here.
 
2012-04-12 05:35:22 AM  

Snapper Carr: My last job very nearly did kill me so I'm getting a kick...

/15 years of 60-70 hour weeks is not a good idea if you're disabled to begin with.


At my last job I had a bully boss who made made my life a living hell for five years. I stayed because I liked the job I was doing. I thought I could hold out and she or I would move on. It ended up being me. I have never been so glad to leave the "fun" in that dysfunctional work place. Unemployment helped me to lose 30 lbs because I didn't have that stress anymore. There were some drawbacks but at least I got to do somethings I wanted to do, spend time with my kid and finish college.
 
2012-04-12 05:36:06 AM  
In other words, author had nothing else to write about and had a deadline so author wrote about how bad it sucks to work at a job you hate or can't get hired at. Sucks to face family with no benefits no ability to help with college no possible way to retire after a lifetime of educational bills.

Yeah, In other words everyone south of 1%


Eat The Rich, they're quite good.
 
2012-04-12 05:53:24 AM  
I don't get to sit in the office. They make me go out and do real work. Turning valves, lifting stuff, wrenching pipe...

Can I have the office job now? I'll trade, and I'll stay healthy, promise.
 
2012-04-12 05:54:17 AM  

publikenemy: Every time an article like this shows upon Fark, the writer never has a clue that all people don't work in offices. The article mentioned firefighters, or soldiers..that it? How about the millions of trade and construction workers? Line workers that work for power companies? People who work in the shipping business, on boats and what-not?

I know they can't mention everyone, but just as many people work outside of an office as inside one.

/would die quickly if I had to work in a fockn office all day


Everyone knows the common blue collar worker can't read. This guy is just writing to his cure audience: cubicle-dwelling schlubs.
 
2012-04-12 06:03:55 AM  

You are Borg: My job is killing my back, so I'm going back to school for a better one. Picking up 1500 cases a night really sucks the life out of you.


Lift with your legs, Ulysses.
 
2012-04-12 06:09:55 AM  

Ed Finnerty: Brace yourself, Subby: EVERYTHING is killing you. It's what living does.


lh5.googleusercontent.com
 
2012-04-12 06:15:38 AM  

markie_farkie: "in this economy" is the most pathetic phrase, ever.


Oh god, THIS!!!!
 
2012-04-12 06:21:32 AM  

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: Yeah, lack of money is a greater cause for poor health. I don't make much, but I had to figure out how to stretch more food out of the same paycheck. Lots of fiber and vegetables - they fill you up. Plus, there's about a thousand ways you can make chicken, none of it terrible if you do it right.

The problem isn't lack of food; it's that healthy eating has high upfront capital costs, low rewards, and high failure rates.


Roasted chicken for dinner gives leftover meat for chicken salad or pasta tossed with chicken and spinach. Toss the carcass in a crockpot with spices and leftover veg to make your own stock.
 
2012-04-12 06:26:08 AM  

August11: You are Borg: My job is killing my back, so I'm going back to school for a better one. Picking up 1500 cases a night really sucks the life out of you.

Lift with your legs, Ulysses.


I thought it was lift with your back and twist at the same time. No wonder I'm so farking sore! It's actually impossible to use good lifting techniques 100% of the time due to low racking and shiatty bin locations, but I do whenever possible.
 
2012-04-12 06:34:50 AM  

sonorangal: At my last job I had a bully boss who made made my life a living hell for five years. I stayed because I liked the job I was doing. I thought I could hold out and she or I would move on. It ended up being me. I have never been so glad to leave the "fun" in that dysfunctional work place. Unemployment helped me to lose 30 lbs because I didn't have that stress anymore. There were some drawbacks but at least I got to do somethings I wanted to do, spend time with my kid and finish college.


My situation was a bit different - I'm not exaggerating when I say it nearly killed me. Having a full-time job and being very career focused left little time for me to properly attend to various issues that are peripheral to my disability. I spent all but 3 months of the next two years in the hospital after I left recuperating from the damage my body had accrued during that period. After I recovered I tried to return to work part time but after about 6 months I had taken on more hours and more responsibility and got sick again - my doctor basically told me to quit or I was going to die.

So now I'm retired at the ripe old age of 42.
 
2012-04-12 06:42:50 AM  
yea subby, "Assuming you have a job in this economy"

/I don't.
//then again, I don't live in that economy.
 
2012-04-12 06:50:06 AM  

gadian: Why yes, it is perfectly natural for a human being to be crouched into a sitting position for 8+ hours, in a room with bad lighting, staring into a constantly refreshing box of light. The ergonomics experts can go fark themselves, nothing makes that more natural. No, not even the angle of my head at a precise distance from the monitor.


The further and further we get from nature the sicker and sicker we become. Sooner or later we'll understand this, but we'll have to nearly destroy ourselves first, which we're doing now. Nature has spent millions of years tempering our bodies with an evolutionary biology that is not conducive to modern living, and watching the hubris blowing up in our faces is pure, unadulterated schadenfreude.

They've even found a link between breast cancer and melatonin...remarkable stuff, and your staring into the monitor comment reminded me of this.
 
2012-04-12 06:50:55 AM  
Always remember the longer you live, the sooner you bloody well die.
 
2012-04-12 06:58:59 AM  

Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: Yeah, lack of money is a greater cause for poor health. I don't make much, but I had to figure out how to stretch more food out of the same paycheck. Lots of fiber and vegetables - they fill you up. Plus, there's about a thousand ways you can make chicken, none of it terrible if you do it right.

The problem isn't lack of food; it's that healthy eating has high upfront capital costs, low rewards, and high failure rates.


What I find irritating in healthy eating is that it usually involves fresh stuff. Keeping stock of healthy stuff to eat is a drag while fatty crap and carbs come in cans and/or last forever.
 
2012-04-12 07:04:07 AM  

publikenemy: Every time an article like this shows upon Fark, the writer never has a clue that all people don't work in offices. The article mentioned firefighters, or soldiers..that it? How about the millions of trade and construction workers? Line workers that work for power companies? People who work in the shipping business, on boats and what-not?


And worse.

25.media.tumblr.com

media.treehugger.com
 
2012-04-12 07:06:21 AM  

publikenemy: Every time an article like this shows upon Fark, the writer never has a clue that all people don't work in offices. The article mentioned firefighters, or soldiers..that it? How about the millions of trade and construction workers? Line workers that work for power companies? People who work in the shipping business, on boats and what-not?

I know they can't mention everyone, but just as many people work outside of an office as inside one.

/would die quickly if I had to work in a fockn office all day


That's because lots of journalists, particularly those who work at the Atlantic or Slate, only ever write about the world they experience. If you've ever wondered why so much stuff that comes out of the Atlantic seems entirely detached from your experiences, that's the reason.

/That and Andrew Sullivan being the industry standard
//Wonder if the Times will hire him when David Brooks finally croaks
 
2012-04-12 07:08:57 AM  

naz-drala: Every time a developer closes out a huge bug by saying "Not a Bug" I nearly die of an aneurysm.

/Strange how those bugs are the first things that a reviewer talks about.
//QA didn't catch it my ass


I find it more infuriating as a gamer that the big developers like EA seem more willing to bribe "game journalists" to not mention bugs in their reviews than spent that money on fixing them in the first place. Game Informer and PC Gamer and blights upon humanity.
 
2012-04-12 07:10:39 AM  

swingerofbirches: I wonder what working at one of those jobs that have sushi cafes and ping pong tables and on-site haircuts, etc., does for for your health. I'm actually honestly wondering because those jobs-I'm thinking of Google in particular, or maybe Apple to a degree-probably also have massive amounts of stress.

I work from home. I tend to think the effect is negligible on my health. I need to be more active in general, but my job doesn't prevent me from doing that, nor does it help with that.


I've read a few articles that claim Apple actually has a very claustrophobic and oppressive office.
 
2012-04-12 07:13:25 AM  
My job is killing me at the moment. Long hours, no breaks, high stress.


/Tax attorney
 
2012-04-12 07:13:32 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Technically, if you're in the military, your job is killing other people

bingethinker: No, my job is keeping me alive. Being unemployed almost killed me.

And this


Orly?

My job was to bandage. Others cooked food, fixed radios, drove trucks, etc. Not everyone in a military uniform faces the enemy.
 
2012-04-12 07:15:01 AM  

SpiffyandRedhot: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Technically, if you're in the military, your job is killing other people

bingethinker: No, my job is keeping me alive. Being unemployed almost killed me.

And this

Orly?

My job was to bandage. Others cooked food, fixed radios, drove trucks, etc. Not everyone in a military uniform faces the enemy.


One could make the argument that indirectly you are facing the enemy.
 
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