Many artists discuss difficult themes through their works, making their viewers think and look at problems from different angles.

Stephan Schmitz is a conceptual illustrator Zürich, Switzerland. Stephan uses colors, shapes, optical illusions and sometimes even visual puns to tell complex stories in single images. Most of his images have a surreal feel to them, showing what could hide behind the reality.

Take a look at some of his works below.

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#1

What Most People Don't See

What Most People Don't See

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Ladies and Gentlemen 10 months ago

Failure is the ladder to success, but one should clean up the mess, or you can slip and break your neck!

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#2

Loneliness And Social Media

Loneliness And Social Media

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Greg Pinks 11 months ago

The superficiality of social media relationships taking away from what we most need - real connection.

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#3

Accepting The Things You Can‘T Change

Accepting The Things You Can‘T Change

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Sei Ichirou 11 months ago

There was a German comedian named Karl Valentin (born 1882; died 1948) . He once said: "I'm glad when it rains. Because even when I'm not glad, it will rain anyway."

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#4

Father-Daughter Relationship And Unconditional Love

Father-Daughter Relationship And Unconditional Love

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Chicago Kitty 11 months ago

As a woman who has never known her father- he disappeared while I was still to young to have any memories of him- this one makes my heart wistfully sad.

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#5

Sexual Abuse In The Armed Forces

Sexual Abuse In The Armed Forces

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All With Heart 11 months ago

Brutally true.

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#6

Fixing It

Fixing It

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Bored Birgit 11 months ago

It's hard work sometimes.

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#7

„I Don‘t Care About Facts. I Have An Opinion!“

„I Don‘t Care About Facts. I Have An Opinion!“

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Hans 11 months ago

One tweet at a time.

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#8

Moods Wings

Moods Wings

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PyroarRanger 11 months ago

We all hide our feelings every day. This resonates with me

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#9

Brainwashing

Brainwashing

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Last Hurrah 11 months ago

It's a gray matter.

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#10

Veterans Working In Regular Jobs

Veterans Working In Regular Jobs

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Jeff__Coon 11 months ago

We always carry it with us.

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#11

Psychological Abuse In Relationships

Psychological Abuse In Relationships

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Magpie 11 months ago

Oh yes!. Applies to work relationships too, any bullying situation, even total strangers attacked for no reason.

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#12

Cheating

Cheating

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Last Hurrah 11 months ago

She's definitely screwing around.

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#13

Different Beliefs

Different Beliefs

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Charlotte Brine 11 months ago

This also reminds me a lot of the issues families have to deal with when faced with a family member having an eating disorder. The ramifications it has on such close relationships and how it can tear them apart so easily.

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#14

„I Married The Wrong Woman“

„I Married The Wrong Woman“

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Bored Fox 11 months ago

Good thing that a divorce is no more a taboo in many countries. No one forces you to live in a relationship that you don't like anymore.

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#15

Finding Extraterrestrial Life

Finding Extraterrestrial Life

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Bored Birgit 11 months ago

WOW !

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#16

Impossible Love

Impossible Love

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All With Heart 11 months ago

There was actually a Greek myth about this, though slightly different. A sculpture wanted a woman that was perfect for him, and disliked all the women he knew, so he sculpted his ideal woman, with the wish she would come alive. The goddess of love, Aphrodite, granted his wish.

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#17

Record Summer?

Record Summer?

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Bored Birgit 11 months ago

In Germany we are melting like that these days

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#18

Are You Scared Yet?

Are You Scared Yet?

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Bored Birgit 11 months ago

Yes. Definitely.

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#19

What Lies Beneath The Surface

What Lies Beneath The Surface

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Inna K. 11 months ago

Love the idea! Knowing people in everyday life really is like sailing around tips of icebergs.

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#20

University Issues

University Issues

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Last Hurrah 11 months ago

Just when it was getting to the good part.

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#21

Will International Corporations Take Over Parts Of The Public Service?

Will International Corporations Take Over Parts Of The Public Service?

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Miss Cris 10 months ago

Scaring!

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#22

Loving A Man With Asperger's Syndrome

Loving A Man With Asperger's Syndrome

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Magpie 11 months ago

This is wonderful illustration.

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#23

Misophonia - A Condition Which Makes You Allergic To Certain Sounds That People Make

Misophonia - A Condition Which Makes You Allergic To Certain Sounds That People Make

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Chicago Kitty 11 months ago

I didn't know this was a thing- but now I think I have it. The sound of someone clicking a pen over and over-arghhh!

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#24

Dangerous Chemicals In Foodpackaging

Dangerous Chemicals In Foodpackaging

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GlassOfWater 11 months ago

They say dihydrogen monoxide is the most dangerous. It accelerates corrosion and can cause suffocation. Yet it's such a common ingredient in everything...

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#25

Woman Extorting A Man Emotionally For His Money

Woman Extorting A Man Emotionally For His Money

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Crouching_Penn_Hidden_Teller@yahoo.com 11 months ago

men do this to women too

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#26

Afraid Of The Dark

Afraid Of The Dark

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CrunChewy McSandybutt 11 months ago

Hiding in plain sight

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#27

Leaving Family

Leaving Family

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Mia B. 11 months ago

the children are demons trying to eat his soul

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#28

Marriage Problems

Marriage Problems

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Elena Adams 11 months ago

Thanos did it

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#29

Too Much Theory Being Taught At Universities

Too Much Theory Being Taught At Universities

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Last Hurrah 11 months ago

Well, he'll have good posture at least.

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#30

Overcaming Fears

Overcaming Fears

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Jack Urquhart 11 months ago

Over COMING fears.

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#31

Zen Living

Zen Living

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Last Hurrah 11 months ago

A little lower on the back, please!

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#32

Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality

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Wyndmere 10 months ago

Not my circus, not my monkeys. - Polish saying

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#33

Pharma Money Can Bias Drug Approvals

Pharma Money Can Bias Drug Approvals

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Brittney Stanford 11 months ago

SO spot on! Always look at who funds a study.

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#34

Difficulties Getting Around In A Wheelchair

Difficulties Getting Around In A Wheelchair

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Magpie 11 months ago

Oh yeah! And that is likely to be something the rest of us take for granted, like the toilet is in there, Or school, etc.

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#35

Declining Places

Declining Places

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Magdalina777 11 months ago

Ooo this one's cool. There is a certain charm in decaying places though. They are sad, yes, but it's always like they hold some sort of mystery and even if you know most everything about them you just can't help wondering - who lived there, what did they do, like, hate? What memories do these crumbling walls keep? With a non-abandoned place, even if it's old but renovated and all, you just don't get that vibe somehow.

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#36

Cyber Crime

Cyber Crime

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Chantel Atwell 10 months ago

The cloud...

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#37

Fetal Monitoring

Fetal Monitoring

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Laugh Fan 11 months ago

We really should have been created with some kind of zipper arrangement.

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#38

Less Is More

Less Is More

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Xiaolaohu 10 months ago

The only ones who say this are those with the means to feel comfortable, their minimalism is someone else's wealth.

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#39

"He May Not Be There For You In Difficult Situations"

"He May Not Be There For You In Difficult Situations"

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Laugh Fan 11 months ago

He can sod off for the fun stuff then!

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#40

Influencing Decisions

Influencing Decisions

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Bored Fox 11 months ago

I am not a huge fan of the 'big pharma' conspiracy theories.

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#41

Cheating

Cheating

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Last Hurrah 11 months ago

En garde!

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#42

Stuck In The Welfare System

Stuck In The Welfare System

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Magpie 11 months ago

Oh yeah!! But those walls have thorns, and people attack poor people with words " drain on the tax payers purse" from my prime minister. ( Australia ) As if anybody decided to get injured at work, and live with permanent pain. etc etc

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#43

Caught In The Welfare System

Caught In The Welfare System

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Magpie 11 months ago

Oh yes! Votes this one up a hundred times ! Yes, trapped, helpless.

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#44

The Relativity Of Time

The Relativity Of Time

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Ohio Hands 10 months ago

Time moves both fast and slow, can be both friend and foe.

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#45

Outsourcing Daily Chores

Outsourcing Daily Chores

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athornedrose 10 months ago

people have been "outsourcing" chores since the beginning of time. it's just in the last few hundred years that we pay for it instead of forcing it on someone else.

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#46

Becoming A Celebrity Through The Internet

Becoming A Celebrity Through The Internet

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Rebecah Ozuna 11 months ago

Only to be murdered by jobless-trolls. Been there.

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#47

"Hope You Die Well"

"Hope You Die Well"

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Lenny 11 months ago

Kinda cute but sad reality at the same time.

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#48

International Divorces

International Divorces

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Mia B. 11 months ago

that's one looooooooooooooooooong child

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#49

Promising Evening

Promising Evening

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WingedPug 11 months ago

Imagine seeing that, at night, in New York. A few months later, a giant fetus has consumed the city. And then, later still, a hole opens up in the atmosphere, and the giant baby slowly moves through.

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#50

Graves Disease

Graves Disease

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Bette Von Bombe 11 months ago

I have Graves. I feel this so much

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#51

The Future Of Music?

The Future Of Music?

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Petra Christovová 11 months ago

Almost. Imho most of modern pop music sucks.

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#52

Brush The Dust Off And Keep Going

Brush The Dust Off And Keep Going

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Chicago Kitty 11 months ago

A lot of times that's the only thing we can do. Bind up our wounds and hobble on...

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#53

The Next Big Computer Virus

The Next Big Computer Virus

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Miss Cris 10 months ago

Invader!!! :)

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#54

The Risks

The Risks

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Laugh Fan 11 months ago

Hah! If it involves balancing on some wire, then consider me a small splat at the bottom of the pit!

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#55

Opinions

Opinions

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Laugh Fan 11 months ago

There isn't anything wrong with having an opinion. How you express it might be an issue - or having an opinion and not saying until it's too late.

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#56

"Even Though He Loves You And Cherishes Your Relationship You May Never Get A Commitment"

"Even Though He Loves You And Cherishes Your Relationship You May Never Get A Commitment"

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Mont 10 months ago

If you never get a commitment, maybe he doesn't actually "love you and cherish your relationship"? Also, have you talked about your goals for the future? Make sure they line up. If not, its time to move on before any major commitments happen.

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#57

Being Alone Vs Loneliness

Being Alone Vs Loneliness

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Rebecah Ozuna 11 months ago

Individualism it's a wonderful thing, specially for an introvert. There's nothing wrong to love being alone.

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#58

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence

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Leigh C. 10 months ago

Is as only as smart as the people that created it. "If only I had a brain"

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#59

Remove

Remove

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Jennifer Crompton 10 months ago

This one makes me so sad

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#60

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence

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boredkoala 11 months ago

The Turing Test

#61

Debate Club

Debate Club

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#62

Traffic-Lights

Traffic-Lights

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Mia B. 11 months ago

this. is. SPARTAAAAAAAAAAA

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#63

Interfaith Marriages

Interfaith Marriages

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Kathy Baylis 10 months ago

The rings should be connected, or overlapping with the couple in the middle shared space.

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#64

Splitting Into Two

Splitting Into Two

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Kathy Baylis 10 months ago

Looks to me like a political divide: she's a Democrat and he's a Republican. Just my interpretation.

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#65

Suffering From Depression

Suffering From Depression

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Fred Horvatin 10 months ago

No matter how hard you try alone you'll still have depression

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#66

Breaking Up But Still Sharing An Appartment

Breaking Up But Still Sharing An Appartment

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Sanne H. 10 months ago

Luckily, each of them has its own kitty!

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#67

Zen Living

Zen Living

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#68

Graves Disease

Graves Disease

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Carol Anne Benoit 10 months ago

For each person I've met with Graves Disease, they each seem to have their own story of how the disease affected them. Mine goes in remission for long periods of time, only reactivating during times of extreme stress. I had none of the eye problems, but developed some strange skin issues. My biggest hurdle has been trying to get doctors to stop dismissing my every complaint as 'Oh, that must be the Graves.' and also, people close to me dismissing my emotions as 'Oh, that must just be the Graves'. I never let them burn out my thyroid.

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#69

Worker Safety

Worker Safety

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Unlawfully Fired

Unlawfully Fired

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Kathy Baylis 10 months ago

We need to push for more unions. It's long past time for workers to unite and use our powerful aggregate voice to finally swing the pendulum away from management and back to the workers where it belongs. I've worked union jobs and, believe me, I never felt more secure at work. I'm not one to misuse privileges, and it felt good to be recognized as such, rather than treated like an expendable idiot child.

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#71

Today's Students

Today's Students

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Alyssa Csukardi 10 months ago

This makes me think of my son's future. What kind of work will there be? If any? He is 14 and i am so worried. People of my generation are having to move back home and there are millions of us fighting for the same jobs. Truly a scary thought.

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#72

Small Spaces

Small Spaces

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10 months ago

These are getting progressively stupider. I should have quit at page 3!

#73

Outsourcing Daily Chores

Outsourcing Daily Chores

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Charlotte Brine 11 months ago

This would have been better if she had been sat in a chair with her head down completely engrossed in her phone screen

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#74

Investment Strategy

Investment Strategy

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#75

Rising Stocks In Retail

Rising Stocks In Retail

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#76

Waiting

Waiting

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Kathy Baylis 10 months ago

Wow, the line from the boat to her heart!

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#77

Digitalization

Digitalization

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Rebecah Ozuna 11 months ago

It's like the gallery a person did out of other people's photos.

#78

Doctors Who Diagnose Themselves

Doctors Who Diagnose Themselves

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Magpie 11 months ago

...have a fool for a patient and a fool for a doctor. ( old old saying )

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#79

The Magic Of Coincidence

The Magic Of Coincidence

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Chris Daemon 11 months ago

"If coincidences are just coincidences, why do they feel so contrived?" Mulder, X-Files.