American Debt Project will be back next week with some serious posts, but I’m on lockdown this weekend due to Carmageddon, so just enjoy this video until the next post early next week! Hitler Finds Out the 405 Will Be Closed
Nothing Over 99 Cents, Except for the ATM Fee
The 99 Cents Only stores are all over Southern California and they really mean it when they say “Nothing Over 99 Cents!” Except for one thing…
Just another reminder that EVERYONE makes their money in fees, financing and interest rates. Although I will say that $1.75 is pretty low as far as ATM fees go.
I had to share this with the world. I head into the kitchen at work to find that someone has brought muffins and donuts…
And then I see that someone is on a healthy kick and wants fruit…followed by a blunt suggestion….
And finally, someone just goes avant-garde with it all and makes this final contribution…
The LA Times Doesn’t Care About Poor People
I want to preface this post by saying that I am so glad I don’t live in New York. I love to visit but it’s not the city for me. LA is my city for at least a few more years and it’s been pretty good living in the Beast. But why does the LA Times suck so much balls?? I don’t usually make such crass statements, but the LA Times deserves it. The New York Times always has an interesting story on its front page. Their photo galleries and personal interest stories are always fascinating, and they break ground with in-depth investigative pieces on the big topics and trends, like the drug trade in Mexico, or this off-beat piece back when Second Life really took off. I can read their paper and feel like I learned something, maybe even had a moment of reflection and got a little smarter. I feel the same way about the Wall Street Journal (but not lately since my digital subscription expired).
On the other hand, what does the LA Times do? They are lazy. Their reporting is weak. Their headlines are lame. They have a reporter named Tom Hamburger. And this latest article about a community of single parents in Santa Ana, just straight up confused me.
There was no point to this article. Instead of going in-depth with one person’s story, investigating the causes of poverty for this particular community beyond one sentence (there is one basic mention of education levels and high school dropout rates), or doing anything interesting with this story, the reporter decides to quote a bunch of different people repeating the same idea: that the area has cheap apartments, lots of children and a higher crime rate than other parts of Orange County. So what? There was no depth to the reporting, which is pretty much always the case with the LA Times. For example, look at this awful snippet:
She knows she is far from being the only single parent here but believes the issue is deeper than culture.
“It’s probably because of the poverty,” she said, sitting on a bed in the den of the two-bedroom apartment she has lived in for 30 years.
With gems like that, it’s hard to know why the LA Times doesn’t get more Pulitzers. Poverty, the working poor, run-down neighborhoods, all of these are topics that I am interested in and passionate about, and even I couldn’t begin to care about this article. The LA Times does a disservice to these disenfranchised communities with crappy reporting like this.
Advice from the Past
My friends over at Envisionaries posted this great quote recently:
“Don’t be deceived when they tell you things are better now. Even if there’s no poverty to be seen because the poverty’s been hidden. Even if you ever got more wages and could afford to buy more of these new and useless goods which industries foist on you and even if it seems to you that you never had so much, that is only the slogan of those who still have much more than you. Don’t be taken in when they paternally pat you on the shoulder and say that there’s no inequality worth speaking of and no more reason to fight because if you believe them they will be completely in charge in their marble homes and granite banks from which they rob the people of the world under the pretence of bringing them culture. Watch out, for as soon as it pleases them they’ll send you out to protect their gold in wars whose weapons, rapidly developed by servile scientists, will become more and more deadly until they can with a flick of the finger tear a million of you to pieces.”
-Jean-Paul Marat (1743-1793). French political student, journalist, physician and one of the leaders of the French Revolution.
(It gave me goosebumps, considering the parallels here and here)
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