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catfish
Interests: (12/15/2005) Lately: civics, SF Bay Area, city planning, culture, crafts, reading, and personal finance.
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Nice catch. Knew there was a big hole in this plan, that plugs it. More of our tax dollars funneled into mandated increasing quarterly earnings. Ugh.
Toggle Commented Oct 14, 2009 on Going after bloggers.... at John Robb's Weblog
What this generation has in its favor is numbers - there are a lot of them. This will get mass media attention in time for them to get fair warning. (Get out the violin for the Gen Xers) One neighbor is 39, recently laid off. Another is 35, recently laid off. 35-year-old is a scientist with UC Berkeley credentials. Took her until age 29 to finish school. Both 30-somethings already feeling discrimination in the market for being ... too old. At the same time, Reuters just reported half of all people born into upper middle class will live to 100. Asked neighbors what happens to people when they turn 40 - who hires them, where do they work where do they go? 35-year-old says: they send us to the glue factory. None of us have started families, thinking we needed solid financial foothold before doing so. I'm shaking them (especially the 35-year-old) stop waiting - just start a family, figure the rest out later. I'm grateful this is happening when I'm young strong and flexible enough to readjust lifestyle, expectations, relationships, strategy. Move back in with your parents is great advice (would if I could.) I would add: seriously evaluate the ROI before signing up for grad school. Choose a public college over a private one. Attend a community college for the first two years to save money (in California we have a good system for tranferring to U.C. from community college.) This younger generation graduating now is going to be fine. The sooner they pop out of denial the better. Now put the violin away. At least postmodernism is dead. Multi-generational living will lose its stigma, cut the necessity for tween prozac. The adjustment is the hard part, those of us who make it to the other side will make do and celebrate the small victories.
Toggle Commented Oct 14, 2009 on Fish in a Barrel at John Robb's Weblog
Have noticed an increase where I am as well, in places where teens/college students used to work. Funny, because when I was a kid teens often did the landscaping. Slowly that was taken over by immigrants. Ironic because both less-educated and more-educated immigrants seem to be leaving the country. Can think of two drivers behind this: teens who are now college students are not used to having part-time jobs, compared with people just five, ten, fifteen years earlier. More college students rely on student loans to cover all costs (which is a shame because said loans charge extortion-level rates.) And: immigrants are more willing to cohabitate (multiple generations under a roof roof) and therefore can live in urban areas, whereas college students will not go beyond two per room due to stigma.
Toggle Commented Sep 24, 2009 on ILLEGAL at John Robb's Weblog
"the conditions will surely be ripe for the rise of parasites that are much more dangerous: hard, violent men with lots of firepower." I was thinking more housewives with firepower ... keep food on the table.
Brave woman! (That IS a disguise she's wearing I hope.)
Toggle Commented Sep 12, 2009 on Viral Video: Debtor's Revolt at John Robb's Weblog
"What it comes down to, apparently, is a leadership elite across all sectors -- politics, business, academia, media -- that is incapable of processing the truth, and then conveying it to the broad American public. Alas, this also appears to be a common theme in history, with a commonly tragic outcome, which is that elites get ruthlessly dumped and replaced by new elites, often composed of zealots, maniacs, nincompoops, and others generally ill-disposed to the able management of complex affairs. It's called the "circulation of elites," and in times of crisis it tends to take on a kind of downward spiraling flavor, with each gang of discredited leaders tossed out for a progressively worse one until a kind of exhaustion is reached -- whereupon the archetypal man-on-a-white-horse arrives on the scene."
Toggle Commented May 1, 2009 on Napoleonic woes at John Robb's Weblog