This is the first edition for 2018. I thought I could go easy on this feature, but the Bad Economy just keeps chugging along. The Pendejo In Chief and the Party of Stupid certainly do not help the economy, but hey, it is what Americans (US people) proudly, willingly, and gladly voted for. So, let's see what has been going on recently.
Special section this week: Pendejo In Chief news:
Let's see how the Pendejo In Chief has been fucking shit up in the Bad Economy:
- His tax plan fucked up "Goth Day" at Disneyland. Via Dangerous Minds.
- Trump's pastor is demanding you send her money. . .or else. Via AlterNet.
- One industry, however, is thriving in the Bad Economy under the Pendejo In Chief: the private prison industrial complex. Via AlterNet.
- First-round interviews are being done by phone and teleconferencing like Skype much more often. That whole old mechanism of paying obscene amounts of money to go to some fancy conference for an interview that may or not yield anything is on the way out it seems. This maybe good news for job candidates, but it is another sign of the times.
- Overall, college students are less confident they will find a job after graduation.
- And because women often get the shaft in the Bad Economy, as if things were not bad enough, it turns out female professors also get more work demands and special favor requests.
In other news of the Bad Economy:
- In Kentucky, local politicians mention the "War on Coal," and the masses get riled up. But the reality is that coal is in decline, and it will continue to decline over time. The federal government states as much. It really is time for people to get a clue, and among other things start retraining workers displaced by closing mines and making plans in other forms of energy. Hat tip to The Rural Blog.
- Speaking of Kentucky, one of the local "scandals" to decent people is how the state continues to give tax breaks for film, movie, television, and commercials productions, including crappy films, to the tune of $160 million or so while the state overall has a serious budget shortfall. Because priorities, man. Story via The Lexington Herald Leader.
- ProPublica took a serious look at the business of private trash collection and finds it to be deadly, especially in New York City.
- In the United States overall, the bill for natural disasters, which have been specially harsh in 2017, is up to about $300 billion in a single year. But you know, that whole climate change stuff? No big deal, meh. Story via The Guardian.
- Meanwhile, south of the border in Latin America, after making gains for years, poverty in Latin America is on the rise. Story via TeleSur.
- If you want proof that Big Pharma really has no interest in curing anything, but rather in just making enough medications to keep treating something on and on (and thus fleecing more money), Pfizer just recently said they are halting research on Alzheimer's and Parkinson's treatments. There is no money in that kind of stuff, and those old people are doing to croak soon anyhow (or so they hope). Story via NPR.
- So, you thought that prison scene (link to YouTube) in the movie Goodfellas was total fiction? It turns out that in the U.S., prisoners with money CAN pay for better accommodations in prison. Story via AlterNet.
- In rural areas, turns out it is getting harder for farmers to sell their farms to the next generation. Via The Daily Yonder.
- Even in the narco trade, getting paid is getting harder, so drug debts are a part of life, and this means the violence to collect those debts has gone up too. Story via VICE.
- A lot of business are going cashless, as in they do not take cash for transactions because they expect you to have a debit or credit card. Now, call me a Luddite, but I think anyone not carrying at least a small amount of cash is a fool. Because, you know, Internet goes down, power goes out, so on, and suddenly you can't buy something nor can the business sell you something you may need because they decided to go cashless. And do not even get me started on all the hacks going on since said businesses are basically irresponsible assholes who can't secure their customers' information. Story via NPR.
- Weddings can be expensive. It is an idea the Better Half and I do not understand, since we did ours very modestly, but we hear people spend thousands and thousands on weddings. So, money gets tight later in the marriage, and couples need to recoup costs somehow. One way now is to sell your gently used wedding items to another couple getting ready for a wedding. Story via AlterNet.
- If you happen to be an attractive woman, and you are willing, you can be a sugar baby to a sugar daddy. However, you can't go just anywhere to find a sugar daddy. Here are the top 5 cities if you are seeking that kind of arrangement to help pay your college tuition or whatever it is you may need money for. Via FHM magazine.