Comments on: The rise of lousy and lovely jobs Sun, 28 Jul 2013 14:34:09 +0000 hourly 1 By: SamHarris Sat, 21 Apr 2012 12:02:16 +0000 Here is another problem I have. It was only 2 years ago the IPad came out. Now we are up to the IPad 3. What technological advances in the tablet took place over 2 years? All they did was add a 3 to the name. That simple addition will run you another 700 bucks.

Yet, folks are lining up already to buy a brand new IPad 3.

Its silly to me. This country consumes unnecessary stuff at an alarming rate. Remember when things use to last a long time? Washers and dryers lasted 20 years. TV’s lasted 20 years. Everyday household products use to actually work. Laundry detergent, 20 years ago, actually did what it claimed.

How many times have you purchased something and it didn’t work as advertised?

Let me tie this all in. When we started outsourcing jobs things stopped lasting a long time. When we started outsourcing jobs things stopped working as advertised. We have rules and laws in America. Some countries don’t have rules. Our jobs and the products we are using has suffered over the last 30 years.

We need to get back to American made products. Made by Americans.

By: MarkRB Fri, 20 Apr 2012 16:26:46 +0000 The key question is why are economists still being paid?

By: Psychologist Fri, 20 Apr 2012 00:44:29 +0000 Information is the most important commodity for an informed workforce. When hiring trends change, workers need
to keep themselves informed because the government isn’t capable of making effective career choices for them. Sooner
or later, economics trumps compassion.

By: aj14 Thu, 19 Apr 2012 22:13:18 +0000 this does not account for the skilled labor jobs returning like in Indiana at Caterpillar at a fraction of the wage once earned, all in the name of globalization. or at all the non-union auto jobs at BMW in S.C. that are held up by the GOP as success stories. $12/hr or $15/hr or even the top $19/hr (that was once $28.00/hr or more) does not a fair wage or middle class make. do the math. in the end they will implode as we as consumers lose all purchasing power. and perhaps the CEO’s can give up a few million to pay a fair wage to the workers that make these companies hum, literally. Hasn’t undercover boss taught us anything?

By: tnourie Wed, 18 Apr 2012 23:07:35 +0000 Recession? Hell, we’re heading like a roaring, out of control train into a full scale depression. This won’t end well, folks.

We are turning into a RichPoor economy, with the poor unable to change their outlook and the rich unwilling to re-invest their capitol.

If the Federal Reserve ups the short term interest rate, investing may come back into it’s own again. But until that time, money holders will be money hoarders, to the further detriment of all involved.

By: chriswhalencpa Wed, 18 Apr 2012 19:21:47 +0000 The traditional Middle Class does not exist.

The Middle Class, as it was originally defined, was gone long ago. It is only a business and political ploy that the corporate and political powers keep using that term for most Americans. Traditionally, having households where both parents had to work to subsist was considered Lower Class and Working Poor. Today that is what we mostly have, two parents working double time, saving nothing, and living check to check to pay their basic necessities. That is Middle Class? Of course it is not. That is Lower Class and working poor.

The Gap between between the real Upper Class and this Lower Class is enormous. If the “Middle Class” realized that they had truly devolved to Lower Class and Working Poor, that would cause riots. Middle Class was traditionally one wage earner and one parent home with children. The quality of life of a traditional Middle Class family was what the Upper Class enjoys today only. Things like leisure time, and the ability to have one parent be the main physical daily caregiver to your children, were traditional Middle Class norms.

Again, the traditional Middle Class has shrunken astronomically. Most of the Upper Class are really what was defined as traditional Middle Class, and the Middle Class has become what traditionally Lower Class and working poor was defined as.

That is the reality. How can two parents who each work 60 hours per week, and put have their children raised by strangers most of the day, still believe that they are Middle Class? This is a mass rationalization propagated by employers, the government and big business.

Parents in Lower Class families have to work a combined 120 hours per week just to survive. If this is your situation, you are NOT Middle Class. Traditional Middle Class families do not have two parents working full time outside the home.

Most people who believe they are Middle Class have really become Lower Class and working poor slaves to their consumption, all at the loss of the quality of their lives and their family’s lives. Strangers raise many children in “baby corrals” while their parents work all day. Many people have willingly been pushed into a mild slavery, and all the while they believe that they are “getting somewhere.” Living check to check is not Middle Class..

By: gnostic8 Wed, 18 Apr 2012 17:48:27 +0000 Thank you for presenting one of my favorite topics so well.
Sadly, the part that I would like to take exception with is probably quite true: That this is a “stark finding”.
While this should be a patently mundane observation as those interested in the evolution of technology and it’s impact on human civilization (often called futurists) have been shouting this from the rooftops, they are typically received as irrelevant or “kooky”. I suppose the fact that the serious ones are mixed in with those of more fantastic preoccupations (sci-fi and the like) does not help. Anyway, it is nice to see these sensitive social issues receive an analytic presentation based on empirical observation. It is against our more primitive nature to judge the situation dispassionately, but we don’t do ourselves any favors with emotionally branded critiques of the symptoms such as “outsourcing” or “redundancy” or there countermeasures (e.g. socialism). As the article says, technology is eventually our friend; we need only the social fortitude to gracefully reassign our roles. There might just be a little left over time in our lives to direct some energy from our selfish personal persuits and actually bring about the change in undeveloped nations that has been within our power for many decades now (*sarcasm).
Okay, to my point: The more mainstream this discussion becomes, the more likely that our policy makers (read: politicians) will be able to (read: forced to) address these issues. Our idea of meritocracy was never realized, and the dream that it ever will is fading fast. The next big wave of innovation and recession will result in the devaluation and commoditization of our brain power. It’s anyone’s guess but the futurist give us another 15 to 20 years to prepare ourselves for the transition. I hope it will be a graceful one…but I’m not holding my breath.

By: bkh Wed, 18 Apr 2012 11:49:36 +0000 Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut should be mandatory reading for every American.

By: LoneStarLaurel Tue, 17 Apr 2012 08:20:11 +0000 Mandated Collective Deep Breaths?

An increased depersonalization in the daily business of all our lives has been accompanied by a notable decrease in our quality of life and a lack of credibility and accountability – all at the same time.

Technology has ramped up the pace of this process considerably, a situation which allows for both an opportunity to view the implications of these changes upon our lives, and the opportunity to evaluate whether these dehumanizing changes are actually desirable, in real time.

If we are not able to make a commensurate shifts in our states of consciousness in keeping with the pace of shifts in our experiences of daily living, humans will devolve as a species.

According to natural law, these changes are likely to happen at a naturally coordinated pace. With that in mind, hopefully soon, we can all agree on the collective value of building in moments for collective deep breaths.


By: RichardNibbler Tue, 17 Apr 2012 03:11:18 +0000 Technology is bad during a recession. All those folks who lost their job to robots and software will never recover. We need to slow down innovation so folks can catch up. We are innovating faster than people can learn.

Even real journalists are losing their jobs to bloggers. And the media has suffered tremendously for this. Not a day goes by I don’t see an on air retraction or in print retraction.

Back in the day, that was a death sentence for a news outlet. Now its just “my bad.” My bad for abusing the freedom of the press.