Though I relate more to Neville, who died of ennui.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Boeing Co said on Thursday it will end pension plans for 68,000 nonunion employees, including its chief executive, marking the latest step in the company’s shift away
I have very strong opinions on personal finance, capitalism, corporations, and the state of the economy. Top 5 that come to mind are:
1. 401ks are a horrible idea pushed by congress after the lobbying effects of corporations. Why do I have to pay a fee to keep someone from spending my money? When employers are barely matching a contribution, why should I store 5% or more of my paycheck till the age of 59.5 if it is barely keeping up with inflation? Long gone are the good old days of pensions.
2. Savings accounts. I never understood why people would put large amounts in high yield savings accounts at horrible rates like 0.7% APY (That’s on the high end). The current interest rate is around 3%. You are losing money just from sitting around. Hell, I’ll gladly pay you $7 to hold onto your $1000 for a year.
3. The US protestant work ethic. I’m still trying to figure out the American fascination over work. My career is not my life and I can not justify spending 60 or more hours at work a week. That and the attitudes towards government employees and teachers. People in the private industry criticize them for being incompetent and lazy, but they are very important people in society. And I don’t even have kids yet. #worklifebalance
4. Corporations are just capitalist machines. No more employer loyalty, yet they expect the utmost devotion from employees. Some organizations scare me with their dedication. (I’m looking at you Apple, for sitting on $150 BILLION of cash and still colluding with other SV companies to artificially suppress engineering wages). I just don’t want to be in the position of getting laid off after 25 years of dedicated service putting in the above mentioned 60+ hrs a week.
5. The widening economic gap between the rich and the poor and the disappearing middle class. The rich just keep on getting richer and the poor even poorer. Though I do have to hand it to the 1%. They allow just enough government handouts and material distractions to prevent a rebellion from happening. Something Louis XVI and Czar Nicholas could’ve learned from.
Those are my top 5. But who knows? Maybe my views will change once I make it to the top. After all, it’s a long fall down and somebody’s got to keep the American Dream alive.
A letter from a father to a son. Ted Turner ended up being the billionaire founder of CNN despite his father’s low expectations and criticism for majoring in Classics at Brown university.
It’s pretty solid advice in my book to not let what other people think stop you from being yourself, but it sure gets more difficult when it is coming from your parents. Especially if they are hardcore Confucian and expect some filial piety outta you.
My neighbor introduced me to The Office back in 2005. Since then, I’ve watched every episode of both the British and American versions. I’ve watched the show obsessively because I’ve been unable to figure out what makes it so devastatingly
The corporate office job hierarchy deconstructed and analyzed, using The Office as an example. I’m not sure if all places are like this, but the main points are similar to my experiences. The harder you work, the less of a chance you will get promoted. Middle management is the highest position for those who believe that hard work gets you to the top. The ones that make it to the top are some crazy dudes. Me? I’m just chilling……….
He cooks, she cleans, they both work and take care of the kids. It’s the perfect egalitarian marriage. There’s just one problem.
LOL 2nd most liked comment in this article:
"There is not one example in here of men asking more of women. Just an endless list of women wanting more from men and men trying very hard to meet those requests."
Yeah that’s right; you heard me… I’m talking to you… I’m calling you out.
I’m looking you in the eyes, (ok well, not really since you are probably reading this article, but figuratively, I am burning a cyclops type hole in your face right now) and telling you that you don’t stand a chance.
It’s Time to Dance!!!!!! oh jake gyllenhaal…
Sick beats from Miniature Tigers and even trippier music video.
My old roommate “Big Boy” at USF discussing my brother’s prowess with women.