Thursday, April 27, 2006
There will also be a new chapter, full of activist tales from the road, and an action guide to taking control of your own finances.
I am really excited about this relaunch, I think it's going to be a smash.
Brad Dugdale, a certified financial planner who invited me here, is also really excited about getting people to opt out of pre-approved credit offers, which you can do here. I could stand to get less junk mail.
My message is in an interesting new context here where real estate values are rising, but you can get a 3-bedroom house for just over $100K, and where kids are skipping out on community college for construction and tourist jobs.
Friday, April 21, 2006
Thursday, April 20, 2006
That's less than 25% of the nation's total consumer debt, a little over $2 trillion,
5% of the national debt, north of $8 trillion,
and 0.7% of the figure that dwarfs them all, the $53 trillion projected bill for Social Security and Medicare.
Monday, April 17, 2006
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Secret prisons and unexplained imprisonments...
UPDATE: Tariq Rivzi was released April 20, I learned. On parole, no explanation. Amazing coincidence, no? Go to the Council on Peoples' Organization if you want to get involved and help more New Yorkers in his community, with legal clinics, afterschool programs, ESL classes, or a donation.
Monday, April 10, 2006
For more about the Tent State movement, go here.
"What I've really seen in the last 10 years is a generational shifting of the responsibility" to pay for college, said Ellen Frishberg, director of student financial services at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. "Our parents helped us pay for school. These parents are not as willing to help their children pay for school."
"It's such a new phenomenon that there's not a lot to compare it to," said Christine W. McGuire, director of financial assistance at Boston University. She said changing attitudes about debt were behind the trend. "We're so comfortable with debt burden now as a society, and the parents already have a significant debt burden of their own, they may not see it as a big deal if students are also taking on large amounts of debt," she said.
Maggie Walsh, a senior at McIntosh High School in Peachtree City, Ga., said that although her top choice for college this fall was New York University, she was worried about the cost, which could come to more than $30,000 a year for tuition alone, according to N.Y.U.'s Web site. As a Georgia resident, she said, she could take advantage of a state scholarship program that offers full tuition at any public state university to any high school student with a B average.
"I've been thinking about it," Ms. Walsh said. "If I don't get any financial aid from such-and-such a college, is it worth going into years and years of debt? It's starting to look like more and more of a bad idea."
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
A more serious problem was that he didn't engage either my argument (Boomers are leaving America quite a mess to clean up) or Professor MacMillan's (the 60s were complicated, and besides, where did all those conservatives come from?) but instead kept repeating his talking points.
ps he was 20 minutes late keeping me waiting in Boston and MacMillan in Toronto.
pps. I know my voice is a little high and girlish. I was getting over a cold yesterday so it was prob breathier than usual. Working on it though.
Climate change should be the primary driver in our biggest decisions over the next 20 years. It should define our major economic investments, tax policies and foreign policy. It is that big. It is that big of a threat, that big of an opportunity. It is not merely one of many important issues -- it is the issue that will define our generation. It is our destiny.
The shortage of workers is pushing up wages and swelling the ranks of the country's middle class, and it could make Chinese-made products less of a bargain worldwide.
They say lower down that the number of Chinese people enrolled in college has tripled since 1999, to 14 million (US has 15 million). And minimum wages are up 25% in three years in the big cities.