We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Not a single candidate argued for smaller government, freer competition or greater international trade.
The people of the EU have spoken and will most definitely get the government they both want and deserve. It's not as if they've been tricked into it by Mussolini and forced to accept it by Lenin. As long as one's humor runs to the macabre, the the future looks promising.
Thanks, Bob Sykes, for mentioning the post at Carpe Diem about the effects of demographic changes on CIVPART. I recall seeing a similar post elsewhere, but couldn't remember where. And as one can see from the chart linked by Douglas2, the curve had already flattened out in the 1990s during Clinton's presidency after having steadfastly climbed for three decades, perhaps presaging a reversal in direction. At the same time, corporate profits have also climbed. This is what a global outsourcing of jobs and earnings can do to a manufacturing economy: the profits are earned elsewhere and the jobs follow the profits. A word to the wise college undergraduate who is not taken in by OWS bs: if you want to have a regular well-paying job some day, then perhaps STEM courses would be a better choice for you than gut courses in faux xxxx-studies.
Not that I have much spare change to invest in owning actual, physical, holdable gold such as Golden Eagles, Krugerrands, small ingots, etc, but I know some people do and I can't quite follow how they can be used should the stuff hit the fan.
As the article points out, they're value beyond what they are ordinarily worth for the gold content only skyrockets when ordinary financial instruments become worthless or nearly so. Wiemar hyper inflation, complete societal breakdown, massive natural catastrophe, etc.
So you're gonna stop at the gas station and/or grocery to fill up the escape pod with both fuel and victuals for your emergency exit stage right. Presuming you don't get beaten and/or murdered on your way or when you arrive to make a purchase, will a tankful of fuel and an escape pod full of supplies cost some multiple of whole krugerrands or eagles or ingots? Not likely. Gonna stand around assaying them and cutting them into slices?
How is this gonna work? I suspect there will be far too many people willing to give you some lead in exchange for your gold. Of course you may be ready to supply lead in return but, comeon now, how long is that gonna work for ya?
--don't forget the potential joy of buying a big steel safe to hold it in while waiting out the SHTF, and then having someone (possibly connected to whomever sold you the gold and/or the safe) get the drop on you (so easy, the perp has all the time and place advantage) and you find yourself opening the safe at gunpoint.
PhD's getting federal aid -- the increase is staggering, but the overall numbers are small enough that I think they could be accounted for entirely just by looking at the number of people with bipolar affective disorder who are (now) poorly functioning yet hold PhD degrees. Social Security disability income is available for psychiatric illnesses.
I don't know why, but my informal observation is that the population of individuals with advanced degrees has a much greater percentage of people with such symptoms. And amongst my undergraduate cohort it was the most highly intelligent who succumbed to bipolar affective disorder, schizophrenia, etc.
From the Chronicle of Education article sourced at DC:
As for why scholarly organizations don't think about Ph.D.'s being on food stamps, he says the answer is obvious.
"Everyone thinks a Ph.D. pretty much guarantees you a living wage and, from what I can tell, most commentators think that college professors make $100,000 and more," he says.
I call total BS! Everyone in higher education---and I mean EVERYONE---knows about the low-paying jobs of adjuncts and the difficulties they face. The tenured faculty DEPENDS on and CONDONES the all too common academic sweat-shop system now manned by grossly underpaid adjuncts and teaching assistants. It's how the tenured faculty gets release time so they can stay OUT of the classroom. Have no illusions: tenured faculty, with the connivance of the administrator class, are as predatory a group as the most rapacious corporate barons and Wall Street 1%-ers that academics are always railing against. The college tenure system is an invidious caste system that even in India would not be tolerated, yet it continues to thrive in academia. This is the rotten core of higher education in the US. Obama and the Dems like to talk about fairness? Fine, I say let them start with reforming the closed system of higher education to eliminate the vestiges of wage slavery there, and then they can start on reforming industry and the rest of American society.
Megan and Obama's Julia should do what makes them happy as long as no one else has to pay for their indulgence. As long as I'm not paying for their choices, it's none of my business whether they
choose art over commerce or vice versa. My problem with today's 20-something "children" in the OWS movement is that they think I owe them a living and should be forced to pay for their bad life choices. Do whatever you want kiddies, just don't come to me to validate and pay for your decisions.