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Sometimes Women Have Jobs and Families Part 3

Lookie! Another article about how women sometimes make some choices about how to balance work and family!

Another “trend” piece about upper middle class (mostly) white women!

Is the internet aghast? Is the twitterscape littered with comment-tater-tots? Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside comment-tater-tots?

Is this Thinker for Hire all over it like the Church of Scientology on intimations of malfeasance?

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In Honor of International Worker’s Day

I read this review of the new depression journalism–apparently less compelling than that of the 30s. In part because our standards of living really are higher than they were in the 30s.

Monster.com searches, desperate as they may be, are less exciting to photograph than starving, malnourished children in bread lines.

My briefest brief comment is that this review reminded me of this overly long but still worthwhile discussion of women and the DIY homecrafts movement.

What if we think about the new DIY movement as a product of the wasted energies and creativities of a generation of unemployable middle class people? Instead of fretting about hipsters and the ridiculous things they pickle? 

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He Means it This Time

Come on, guys, I’m serious.

Really. I mean it this time.

For one thing, I said I mean it. So you know I mean it.

For another thing, have you thought about it for even two seconds? You already bought all this stuff. How did you plan to pay for it? Did you think money would come out of the sky? Or that I’d, like, just mint some new coins?

Look at me. I mean it this time. I said I mean it because I really mean it.

You know I’m serious cuz look at my face.

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The Futile Beauty of Bipartisan Economic Policy Recommendations

5 economists walk into a bar. The bartender says, “We don’t serve economists here.” And the 5 economists say


And the bartender says, your plan makes so much sense!!!!! Thank you, economists, for explaining everything so reasonably! Your hoppy, hoppy brews are on the house!

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A “Proprietary Education” Job Ad

Listen, I know that for-profit colleges and universities serve a real need in our educational system. I know that they have been recently regulated to minimize the predatory loaning practices associated with some of them. I know many are accredited for many of their programs.

I know I know I know!

Just like I know that some climate change is due to non-human-influenced weather cycles.

Or some sugar-frosted-choco-monster-smack cereals have some vitamins in them.

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Monetizing the Mobile Era

Via Alexis Madrigal (I refuse to link to him because when you open his Atlantic blog page, you get the ancient phone modem sound, which would be fun & cheeky of Madrigal except it’s one of the most grating sounds that technology has ever produced. Second to the beeps when you accidentally dial up a fax machine when you’re trying to reach your embarrassing medical provider, like your urologist, or make your colonoscopy appointment, and it’s already been a long day and you can’t believe you dialed up the fax machine instead and why can’t you get anything right and all you need is just 2 hours off from life, maybe in a cave or under the bed, because you can’t get to a beach from here, and you’d be ok.)

I’m sorry. Were you saying something?

So you guys know that I love the skeptical economics. Well, this article is making my day. Even though I read it like 2 days ago. That’s how good it is.

Some trendsetting pros are pointing to a $20B gap between “traditional” online and mobile advertising income streams. They are calling it the $20 billion promise of mobile ads. But my BFFs Frédéric Filloux and Jean-Louis Gassée very reasonably and calmly point out that this $20B emperor is nekkid. As nekkid as some of the (insert online porn joke here yourself. This is a family blog).

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