Here is a nifty little experiment for you that I suspect will be eye-opening. Pretend you were "let go" today and now needed to find a job.
Dust off your resume, update it, then search the online job listings and your local newspaper (which probably has very few classifieds, anyway).
After you've identified some appropriate openings-- however you define them--- submit your materials for consideration. Sit back and wait for those employment calls to come flying in.
Now imagine you still have all your normal bills to pay (house, car, food, etc.) plus your medical insurance added to your monthly expenses. Look at you savings or rainy day fund, and figure out how long that might last.
Had any phone calls yet? Not likely. So now return to those same job listings, and dig a little deeper into the possible openings. Consider food service, Wal-Mart Greeter, etc. Apply to a few of these as well. And wait for those interview calls to come.
You may gain a little more sympathy for the millions who have not been able to find decent, full-time employment, despite their willingness to take a significant pay cut and/or relocate.
Have a nice day. And enjoy your job.
P.S. If you have the guts to do this, why don't you give us a full report in a week.”
“Did not know that a French Press yields coffee that is higher in cafestol [are you sure that isn't a fake word?]. This may explain why my LDL has been elevated all these years, despite my attention to dietary intake and consumption of fish oil.
Guess I may have to go back to some sort of filtered coffee. [How many Chemex makers have I broken during all these years?]”
“Having visited Maine several times, my heart aches for the lobstermen (and women) when I think about the price they are paid for their catch. In this report it is $3.80 a pound, and regardless of the catch, Capt. Joyce also pays $300 for bait and almost $200 for fuel each day. On a good day, they may bring in 400 pounds. On a good day. Then there is maintenance of traps, days when the sea is too rough to head out, etc.
There are few professions where the yield (amount paid to the lobsterman) has remained so low for so many years.
And meanwhile in many cities like New York and Washington, DC, "cheap" restaurants offer lobster rolls for $19, while the white cloth restaurants in these same towns will charge $25 a pound for a lobster dinner. Granted, these establishments also have overhead to pay as well, but it nonetheless pains me to think that the tip often exceeds what the lobsterman was paid for his catch.
Now let us praise famous men.”
“I do agree that most of what has been reported from Yale is reprehensible.
However, on one item I do not know exactly what the author wanted the University to do: the stolen tee-shirts. In absence of any witnesses to identify the perpetrators, this is an act of theft, vandalism, sexism, or retaliation. But who would the author punish?
Yes, the shirt theft may well be part of an overall pervasive atmosphere of institutionalized sexism-- but until the identity of the perpetrators is known it is difficult for the University to respond, beyond a verbal denunciation of the acts.”
uhavenoface on Apr 2, 2011 at 10:44:54
“i agree that it sounds difficult to punish individuals in the t-shirt incidents. however, the university could still take some kind of action to prevent the same thing from happening the next year. a simple security camera placed at the display after the first incident isn't exactly a complicated response, and could have very real results.”
MrsGreebers on Apr 2, 2011 at 08:46:00
“For one thing they could start punishing the perps who ARE identifiable (easy to do), thus changing the appearance of tacit approval.”
“As a NJ resident (who happens to dislike Christie) I think the real issue is not his whereabouts, but rather the fact that the post of Lt. Governor was created so the state would have a second in command. By scheduling their respective vacations at the same time, thousands of miles away, Christie demonstrated a serious lack of judgment.
I really wouldn't expect him to do much about the snow or the crippled public transportation system or the state of emergency in the state. But I also don't want to hear him complaining about too much spending for snow removal if he's not around to direct operations.”
“Don't forget that Jon Stewart did give a "tip of the hat" to Fox News' Shepard Smith for being one of the only newscasters to run the story.
Shows that Stewart acknowledged support for the bill, no matter what the source. For once, the label of "lame stream media" applied to NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, and most of the other talking heads at FOX.
Shame on most of the media and those in Congress who shoved this bill to the bottom of the pile.”
hifimikey on Dec 27, 2010 at 10:41:50
“Don't lump in MSNBC with that crowd...They covered the Zadroga bill extensively....Matthews, Olbermann, Maddow, Schultz, and O'Donnell ALL ran multiple stories about this bill....Just sayin'....”
Alskling on Dec 27, 2010 at 10:25:28
“To be fair to the news media, it is not their duty to advocate or cajole Congress into anything. Their duty is to report a story. If they didn't report the story, then that's their failing. If they reported it but the public ignored it or overlooked it, then that's our failing. We can argue over the AMOUNT of coverage a specific topic gets, but I suspect that in this case it is a broader failing on the public's part for its inability to muster the proper level of outrage to embarrass the members of Congress who were opposing this bill.
(IF the commentariat of all three cable news networks failed to cover it, then that's a horse of a different color. But, honestly, I would be very surprised to learn if Maddow and Olbermann gave it a pass.)
Stewart has the platform that gives him complete license to cajole, advocate, rankle, and berate the Congress (or anyone else) and that totally gives him a one over any news outlet. What he did was commendable and well within his purview, but The Daily Show is not journalism and doesn't adhere to its strictures: it's a comedy show. That he uses it as a bully pulpit SOMETIMES can be a good thing.”
jokerdanny on Dec 27, 2010 at 09:34:52
“Seems to me O'Reiley has on a number of occasions called Jon Stewart a threat to America, so let's not start kissing Fox's butt on this one.”
“If he was "bad" then I am pretty sure he would be remembered.
Look at NBC's current Today Show, where I cringe whenever two of their "correspondents," Jenna Wolf and Jenna Bush, hit the screen. Ugh. Talk about embarrassingly BAD, and that's not good.”
Red45 on Dec 23, 2010 at 13:59:09
“Who are Jenna Wolf and Jenna Bush? Do they have a particular bias you don't like or are they just not very professional, or what? I'm an occasional Today viewer and would like to know if they're going over to the dark right-wing side when I'm not watching.”
“RE: Running. 8 miles an hour is more than a moderate pace (unless one is a real runner). Why no mention of a more moderate rate and its related calorie usage, as shown for each of the other exercises? Most people are joggers, not runners.”
Kitster on Dec 22, 2010 at 21:50:09
“Jan - Depending on your weight, figure on burning about 100-120 calories per mile regardless of pace. The author is assuming 113 calories/mile. According to my Garmin I burn about 120 calories/mile. An 8:36 pace (7 miles/hr) will burn 791 calories/hr per the author or, for me, 840 calories/hr.”
arnold78 on Dec 22, 2010 at 09:17:13
“Not disagreeing, just pointing out that the caption said 8 minute miles, not 8 miles per hour. Taking 8 minutes to run a mile translates to 7.5 miles per hour (60 ÷ 8 = 7.5 mph). 8 mph translates to 7:30 minutes to run a mile.”
“Actually, as many parents of school children know, WE have been worrying about "a few cookies," etc. "killing our kids."
Many schools have banned homemade cookies, snacks, etc. for the classroom, including cookie or brownie sales, in order to protect children from peanut allergies and other dangerous food allergies. Many schools even have designated "Peanut Free" tables in the lunchrooms to protect those afflicted students from accidental exposure to a classmate's PJ&B.
But when clueless mother, Sarah Palin, spoke at PA school last week, she brought along some homemade cookies. And has to audacity to criticize Michele Obama's efforts to improve children's eating habits by calling them "Government intrusion into family decisions."”
EndTheGOP on Dec 21, 2010 at 23:43:31
“Well said, Jan. I thought the same thing...God forbid should one of Sister Sarah's cookies caused an allergic reaction in one of the children that she was "saving" from "government intrusion".”
“Well, $70,000 isn't that much from 12 million people who are being ignored by Congress. No doubt it is their last ditch hope to help elect sympathetic senators and representatives who might try to offer some assistance. Hey, you've lost your job, you've lost your home, sometimes your spouse-- why not skip a meal and donate to a campaign.
After all, the Chamber of Commerce, Big Banks, Big Oil, etc. certainly don't care about you!”
“Let's take up a collection for the airfare to send this idiot pastor to the Muslim country of his choice, to confront the Devil he calls Islam where it lives. Some place much closer to Mecca than Gainesville, Florida. Maybe Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Indonesia, etc. If he really wants to burn a Koran, then let him do it in front of those he intends to harm.
I'm pretty sure we'll only need to raise enough for a One Way ticket.
Then after we are rid of him, we can hold a National Referendum on the other important question, "How far does the shadow of the World Trade Center extend?" Four blocks? Up to Canal Street? 14th Street? Mid-town? Off Manhattan? Be nice to know.
For me, having been in Manhattan hundreds of times, two blocks away can seem like more than enough distance.
“Strongly suspect that Huff Post meant to list Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, rather than the Wesleyan in Georgia. The former is one of the top undergraduate teaching colleges (although it does have about 200 grad students) in the country. Pricey, but with lots of need based financial aid
But it is understandable how those fact checkers at HP can be so confused. There are lots of colleges named after John Wesley. But the one in CT is the best!”
Jessica Seale on Aug 11, 2010 at 12:33:20
“While no one disputes that Wesleyan University is an outstanding school, it did not earn the number three best value spot. Wesleyan College is the first college in the world to grant college degrees to women, is home of the oldest alumnae association in the world, is the birthplace of the first two sororities (ADPi and Phi Mu), and has been graduating bright, educated women for 174 years. Coupled with its small class sizes, excellent faculty, outstanding post-grad admissions records for graduates, extremely generous financial aid, and relative low cost for a private college (about $25k/yr including room and board), Wesleyan College has more than earned its place on this list.
And yes, it's my alma mater.”
leftpinkie on Aug 11, 2010 at 11:46:13
“Sorry but Huff Post got it correct in their reproduction of the news from the original source ~ check out the link to USA today.”