This week, it has been lean in terms of finding things about the bad economy. However, I did find a few items that I think are interesting and significant. So here we go.
- In the bad economy, you often have to work at whatever job you can get. Meanwhile, many people make themselves feel all warm and fuzzy because they put a few pop cans and some paper in a recycling bin. The recycling bin then magically gets emptied somehow, and people stop thinking about what happens to the stuff they dumped in that bin. But did you know that working in a recycling facility is a very dangerous job with poor pay? Story via Mother Jones.
- The big bad economy news this week is that "Peabody Energy, the world’s largest private-sector coal company, has filed for bankruptcy." Maybe it is time the U.S. starts phasing out fossil fuels and start working on alternative energies and green technologies. The longer they wait, the more painful it will get. Story via Grist.
- Meanwhile, the homeless population in the U.S. is getting older, and it is getting sicker. Now I know many Americans just do not give a shit about the homeless, but this is a crisis that will need to be addressed down the road, sooner rather than later. "To put it bluntly, as a society, we face the specter of older adults dying on the streets." Given how callous Americans can be, it would not surprise me if they simply toss those corpses with trash pick ups. Story via Salon.
- Now, if you are famous corpse, you get the luxury treatment. Did you know it costs about $200,000 to preserve Lenin's body back in Russia? Story via the BBC.