Last night Cedric's "Barry's got plenty of ideas -- always bad ones" and Wally's "THIS JUST IN! ROUGH WATERS!" went up. That was their joint-humor post. The non-humor posts last night revolved around a theme: write a book you have and that you've selected at random: Mike's "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" (Pauline Kael's movie critiques), Trina's "Collected Stories" (Tennessee Williams' Collected Stories), Rebecca's "pigs at the trough" (Arianna Huffington book), Kat's "Rock Encyclopedia" (the classic text), Ann's "4 men, 1 woman" (Gore Vidal's Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace), Marcia's "Embassytown" (China Mieville's new novel), Elaine's "Left Bank and Other Stories" (short stories by Jean Rhys), Ruth's "The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes" (novelizations of Disney films in an attempt to increase reading among children -- this is a novelization of a Disney film starring Kurt Russell), Betty's "Lorraine Hansberry: The Collected Plays" (the title says it all but for any who might not place the name immediately, she is the playwright who wrote A Raisin in the Sun) and Stan's "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy" (Greg Palast's classic book).
Didn't everybody do a great job?
And it was a lot of fun to do.
We used to do themes pretty regularly. We should probably go back to that.
This afternoon, we were getting chicken -- some friends from work and me. And while we were waiting for our orders, a young man came in. Dress shirt, nice pants, tie. And he waited patiently for a moment from the woman behind the counter. He asked her if they were hiring and she was so rude to him.
And my mother's pointed out already that it's going to be a very rough summer for young workers. I was thinking about that when I read an article at WSWS:
Two and a half years after the Wall Street crash, the conditions of life for young people throughout the country are only getting worse. Along with rising tuition costs and closing schools, young people are now less likely to find work than at any time during the last 60 years.
Only 27 percent of teenagers will be employed over the summer. This figure has fallen from 46 percent in 2010, according to a recent report by the Center for Labor Market Studies.
But even those lucky enough to find jobs are seeing cuts to their wages, in addition to rising tuition and living costs. Max, 19, of Davenport, Iowa, is studying to be a registered nurse at Black Hawk Community College. He attended Augustana College in Rock Island for one year, but had to stop because it was too expensive. “I’m $8,000 in debt for a degree I won’t even receive,” he said.
To pay for his expenses, Max works at the local hospital as a nursing assistant three days a week. “It’s enough to pay for rent and basic expenses,” he said, “barely.” But even his small wage is under attack, “I recently got an e-mail from work saying they want to cut our wages by 20 percent.”
As recreation centers, pools and libraries are being shut down throughout the country, young people are left without work and without anything to do this summer.
Before the 2008 election, the economy was in meltdown. When Barack came into office, his first priority should have been getting jobs created.
He didn't make it a priority. And now people are really suffering.
And he still doesn't have a plan.
3 a.m. call? He wasn't ready for the noon call, the 5:00 p.m. call, for any call. He just wasn't ready.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"