Our Time: Spying Everywhere, No Jobs Anywhere

Two stories of our times may have passed nearly unnoticed in the Christmas Eve edition of The Washington Post. If you find yourself with a few quiet moments for reading, today or maybe tomorrow, I recommend the following from the 12-24-13 Post. “Edward Snowden: I Already Won,” on Page One. It’s a long read, but…

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The Old, The Young And The Machines In The 21st Century

From our perspective here in the early 21st century, the world is full of contradictory trends, projections and predictions. You can’t help but be confounded by the tidal wave of information. At least I can’t. Here’s a counterintuitive situation: We have graying populations in major countries, and at the same time, widespread unemployment among young workers? How…

Dwindling Jobs, College Debt, Clueless Politicians (With Extended Discussion in Comments)

Economic and political difficulties — especially issues of justice — are on my mind, as always. Guess I’ve been reading too many scary books about economics and the jobs outlook. What is the outlook? In developing countries, manufacturing that’s always on the move, stalking the cheapest labor. In Western countries, an abundance of jobs for machines, robots…

Food For All and Work For All

A most interesting take on sustainable food and local food. I’m particularly fascinated by the part about training young people for meaningful work. A great alternative to college for many, perhaps. Related articles UK News: Blanc backs food apprenticeships (walesonline.co.uk) Local Food and Happiness (ministryofhappiness.wordpress.com) Vermont professor to talk food systems at Clemson (thestate.com)

Truth And Lies About Business And Jobs

Let’s expose a few lies that Americans hold dear. “Small businesses create most of the jobs.” TRUTH:  Small businesses are what? SMALL. By definition, small businesses have few employees. “Small businesses fuel economic growth.” TRUTH:  Most small businesses FAIL within the first five years. Often within the first year. When they close their doors, they…

Mitt Romney Clarifies the Economic Divide in America

Mitt Romney is to be commended for finally bringing into focus the economic divide emerging in America. In the Winner’s Camp are people who own and control the wealth. It starts with the very richest, a tiny sliver at the top, less than one percent.  This camp also includes the affluent classes, the bankers, accountants, lawyers,…

Better Off?

Question:  “Are you better off than you were four years ago?” Answer: YES, Mr. ROMNEY, AS A MATTER OF FACT, WE ARE BETTER OFF THAN WE WERE FOUR YEARS AGO! Four years ago, we were looking into the abyss. Four years ago, Wall Street and the banks were trembling. Four years ago, the American automobile industry…

Five Warning Signs of Continuing Economic Collapse

It’s not Armageddon. But it’s not economic recovery. We’re not going to all live happily every after. We’ll not be returning to the status quo ante 2006. That’s gone forever. The assumption of endless growth and prosperity is over in America. The American Dream of the past half-century is cooked. What about more jobs, jobs,…

North Dakota Oil And Natural Gas Boom: Open Questions

North Dakota is a happening place. I wish I had time to write a full update to my 2009 post on the geography of frugal living in North Dakota, which continues to attract readers every day. Clearly, frugal living is not the central issue in 2012. Much has happened in the past three years, and…

Typewriters, Stick Shifts, and Newspapers

Typewriters were as significant in the lives of my generation as computers and cell phones are today. For the beginning of the story about typewriters, see Me And The Blog. Thanks to my cousin, Barbara, for her comment: “Too funny! I guess we took our spanking new typewriters for granted. My father used his company…

The Great Jobs “Creation” Debate: Confusion And Delusion

See if you can find any cause-and-effect relationship in this repartee from Wednesday’s televised debate among Republican presidential candidates: Moderator Brian Williams:  “Gov. Romney . . . Massachusetts ranked only 47th in job creation during your tenure as governor . . .” Gov. Mitt Romney:  “We created more jobs in Massachusetts than this president (Barack Obama)…