doom, doom, doom, doom
Don't know much about the economy...
Counterpunch has two good posts on today's happy happy joy joy economic news, first on teh bailout, second on that nasty trade deficit. Based on everyfuckingthing that's happened since 2000 as well as the fact that they share a great deal of responsibility for the swinging economic outlook, I kinda somehow doubt that Our Insect Overlords will be acting in good faith and with keen insight and judgement; but who knows, maybe Congress...blah blah or something.
I do know two friends, both with big techie backgrounds - one is still jobless and living off savings, the other just took a job as a cab driver. Another two are just out of grad school and discovering that the word "adjunct faculty" is actually French for "we'll pay you $1500 for four months' work, please try living off of that." And then there's me: I took off from a contract job about this time last year that was costing me around $2,000 every tax day. I figured that by this time, I'd have a halfway decent position befitting someone who's borrowed as much as I have to pay for a master's degree, ho ho. Instead, I spent last Thursday morning at a temp agency downtown, and this week I may have a tryout with a local organizing group, organizing being something I in fact have very little talent for. I didn't think it was possible, but this morning I've actually found a new little reservoir of loathing for this president and his minder for fucking up the job market I was supposed to be reentering. That, and I've been experiencing whole new waves of fear I've never felt before - loan payments, catfood, homelessness. That motherfucker can keep his $300 - I want a fucking job, man (but of course, there's this piece of cheer, so maybe it doesn't matter what I'm doing for a living).
The upshot, anyway, is that I've discovered you can dry out a coffee filter, use it again, and a lot of time there's like a whole half-scoop you can get out of it after it's all dried out.
More doom here (with a healthy dose of Spitzer), here, and here (via teh Shrill).