A $60,000 salary [in New York] buys the same standard of living as someone making $26,092 in Atlanta, according to the Center for an Urban Future. Bearer of bad tidings was Jason Buhrmester. If you live in Atlanta, buy his book — you can afford it.
Economy’s a bit crappy–time to warm up the old “unemployed women going into stripping and porn” story. Though this AP reporter does better than most by getting to Steve Hirsch and Larry Flynt. In times like these, sexism is a cruel fact of the job market. Stripping and porn may be viable (if unforeseen) fall-back careers for many educated and skilled women, but what about men who’ve been pink-slipped? Demand for junk remains a fraction of what it is for the other stuff.
Well, dishonest is a strong word here. But it is a fair point. Speaking of round things, I hope when I get old people give me donuts, not take them away. Old people should get donuts whenever they want. [ty obscr]
Cracked’s list of 9 Corporate Attempts at Edgy that Failed is pretty good, although the top spot is slightly botched. They got the corporation right — McDonald’s — but not the attempt. You could think on it all day long and still not come up with anything more clueless than the 2005 banner ad that said “Double cheeseburger? I’d hit it!” Daily News: Nation’s most inclusive state, New Jersey, suddenly has something against Brazilians. Slate: Britney Spears is so If-You-See-Kay-ing clever I can’t stand it. […]
Tom Brokaw, Melissa Theuriau, Katie Couric and Seth Meyers keep bugging me on Facebook, waving around checks with my name on them. I know many of you are feeling the pain of recession, and I’m here to tell you there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Just sit tight and be a good person and pretty soon you’ll be getting checks from newscasters and comedians as well.
Aww, this is less cute.
It doesn’t bother me that people buy more liquor in tough times. It bothers me that gun sales are up. It’s only natural that Campbell’s soup is selling better. But the Jesus? Are people really buying what he’s selling as the Dow dives? Some religious folk are pushing the idea. With no jobs or money, we’re more likely to believe that the Jesus can carry us along sandy beaches. The old it-can’t-hurt rationale for churchgoing. Pew says it isn’t true.