Friday fragments

I completely agree with Matt Yglesias that “Full Employment Is a Worker’s Best Friend.” He writes: The real issue here is that instead of workers threatening to leave this crappy job and get a better one, people are clamoring to work at this warehouse. This is one small glance at why I keep urging progressives [Read More...]

Turning the tables

Friend of mine sells houses. Her job involves a lot of conversation with customers, and doing her job well means conversing with them in a way that reassures them and makes them feel comfortable. Occasionally, those conversations take a turn that makes her uncomfortable, suddenly switching into a category we might describe as white people [Read More...]

Job Seekers Open Thread

. Job seekers: Let us know where you are and what you’re looking for. Everybody: Skim through and see if you know something, or know someone, or know someone who knows someone, who might help out one of our job seekers. Some links you probably already know about: Linkedin Simply Hired Opportunity Knocks Idealist [Read more...]

'That which is inhuman cannot be divine'

Frederick Douglass, July 5, 1852: Fellow Citizens, I am not wanting in respect for the fathers of this republic. The signers of the Declaration of Independence were brave men. They were great men, too — great enough to give frame to a great age. It does not often happen to a nation to raise, at [Read More...]

Job Seekers Open Thread

. Job seekers: Let us know where you are and what you’re looking for. Everybody: Skim through and see if you know something, or know someone, or know someone who knows someone, who might help out one of our job seekers. The Internet is a strange and sometimes wonderful place, so who knows? Maybe we’ll [Read More...]

We have a wheelbarrow

“I mean, if we only had a wheelbarrow, that would be something.” Thank you to everyone for your kind words and generosity in response to my getting laid off from the slowly dying newspaper industry. I’ve been struck, too, by how many others here — regular readers and commenters — are among the 14 million [Read More...]

Amnesty at the DMV

Earlier this month (pre-layoff) I replaced the 65,000-mile tires on the Yaris, enabling me to pass inspection and get a shiny new sticker on my windshield. That sticker reads “4/12,” and not “6/12″ because my inspection was actually due by the end of April, not the beginning of June. In other words, I drove around [Read More...]

Just say no

(Note: This post from 2009 seems to have slipped through the cracks on the migration over here to Patheos so I’m reposting it here.) He took offense. It started out in college. You know, just experimenting with it. But he liked it. He liked how it made him feel. For a while it was just [Read More...]


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