Midweek Linkorama

Too many stories to comment on:

  • Yesterday was, indeed, the 81st birthday of sliced bread. Question: what was sliced bread the best thing since?
  • Healthcare by the numbers.
  • All right, tough guy. What the hell are you doing tasering a teenage girl who has not committed a crime? I understand the motive — I can think of a bunch of teenagers I wouldn’t mind tasing myself. But you’re supposed to be a cop.
  • If there’s one thing I can agree with liberals on, it’s this. Multi-millionaires should not be getting $2.4 God-damned billion dollars to build a ballpark. It’s outrageous and, contrary to the claims of owners, does nothing to benefit the economy.
  • It’s no surprise to me that job training is a fiscal black hole. In the end, no job training can ever substitute for work experience. And that has to be acquired the hard way, unfortunately. If it were possible to jump fields and earn six figures right way, certain industries would go completely belly-up.
  • 2 Responses to “Midweek Linkorama”

    1. rpl says:

      The failure of job training programs is troubling because it leaves few options for people coming off of careers in industries where employment is collapsing. People in their 50’s should have at least a decade of productive work left in them; what a waste (to say nothing of expense) to expect them to spend those years on the dole. Perhaps we will have to institute Vonnegut’s “Reeks and Wrecks” corps, but it seems like there should be a better way.

    2. Mike says:

      I think the biggest problem faced by many unemployed right now is immobility — being stuck by commitments like mortgages into towns with dead industries. Allowing some unemployment benefits to be used for relocation might help.