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My feminism will be capitalist, appropriative and bullshit merchandise – Athena Talks – Medium
"multiple people on this here internet thought that the words I put out there, fighting precisely these notions, were fair game to try and make money while sparing not a single afterthought to the realities of the woman who wrote those words."  flavia_dzodan  slogan  writer  writing  feminism  capitalism  merch  appropriation  work  2010s  2000s  finance  poverty  money  public  2017 
january 2017 by cluebucket
The Giant Pool of Money | This American Life
two gatherings: one at the Ritz Carlton -- an awards dinner for finance professionals who created the mortgage-based financial instruments that nearly brought down the global economic system -- and one at a community college in Brooklyn -- a non-profit conference for people facing foreclosure.
this_american_life  money  radio  audio  2008  2000s  recession  crisis  npr  alex_blumberg  adam_davidson  news  nyc  brooklyn  housing  economics  mortgage  business  government  foreclosure  finance  planet_money  credit 
december 2015 by cluebucket
The Couple That Pays Each Other to Put Kids to Bed - NBC News
via the emotional labor spinoff discussions: "their objective is total fairness and zero resentment, using cold hard cash."

gotta admit, I kinda like this workaround idea  nbc  relationship  parenting  children  work  labor  value  money  finance  bid  offer  system  payment  bethany_soule  daniel_reeves  game  game_theory  behavior  economics  portland  beeminder  ben_popken  2014  2010s  strategy  argument 
december 2015 by cluebucket
A Travel Hacker Explains How to Fly Around the World for Free | VICE | United States
via TH

I wish I could have this conversation but with Todd Barry, the other "Miles Guy"
vice  travel  how_to  interview  free  finance  allie_conti  2015  2010s  points_guy  credit  card 
october 2015 by cluebucket
Financial Planning Days | Resources
it's a rule of life that I find out about these free things the day AFTER they occur. but at least they put up resource links  finance  link  search  guide  how_to  life  money  FPA  worksheet  consumer  saving  tax  retirement  investment 
october 2015 by cluebucket
Retirement Calculator | CNNMoney
"Methodology: This calculator estimates how much you'll need to save for retirement. To make sure you're thinking about the long haul, we assume you'll live to age 92. But you could live to be 100 or incur large medical bills early on in retirement that may raise your costs even further."

$474,964 left til retiring at 68 ... my head spins
money  cnnmoney  calculator  retirement  finance  saving  age  inflation  2040s  2050s  2010s 
january 2015 by cluebucket
Reconciling being creative and having a dayjob -
"[O]nce, I showed her an article I had written in the Chicago Tribune about female scientists (which was my boss's line of work) and she mused, 'I wonder how you have time to write when you work here, too.' I got the message. I rarely mentioned my freelance life after that. No one in the office shared my interests or, even my temperament (the place was full of socially awkward scientists). I felt like the person I was at work was not the person I was everywhere else. I told myself that working the dayjob was just rent I had to pay for the literal and psychological space to write for myself, when I had time. When people asked me what I did for a living, I found myself saying, 'Well, I work for a medical journal but really I'm a writer.'

"I probably could have just said, 'I'm a writer' but, under those circumstances, it didn't feel true to me."

1. We need those good benefits.
2. Look hard, and you can likely find a dayjob that uses your creative skills.
3. Having a dayjob gets me out of the house.
4. When you're not counting on them to pay your bills, you can be choosy in your creative endeavors.
5. There's no shame in wanting to be comfortable.

"I'll own it: I'm a part-time artist. But if the only true cost of that choice is occasional self-doubt and fantasies of what might-have-been, I'd still say it's not such a bad gig."
claire_zulkey  2015  2014  2010s  writing  job  work  office  benefit  structure  discipline  creativity  privilege  security  comfort  finance  advice  list  essay  artist  writer 
january 2015 by cluebucket
Unpaid Internships Are a Rich-Girl Problem—and Also a Real Problem - Phoebe Maltz Bovy - The Atlantic
"We will only be able to successfully challenge the norm of unpaid internships if we move away from blaming the interns themselves. Female interns in particular are often taken to task for lacking marketable skills, perhaps for having studied feminist theory in college when the more feminist approach would have been engineering. But even if humanities-major jobs have always paid less, it is entirely different for them to pay nothing at all."
phoebe_maltz_bovy  theatlantic  op-ed  internship  job  work  salary  pay  rights  free  labor  gender  women  unfair  employment  madeleine_schwartz  dissent  lgreed  feminism  finance  marriage  2013  2010s  class  economics  career  industry  writing  fashion 
february 2013 by cluebucket
Friends of Fraud -
"As history shows, the financial industry’s wealth and influence can all too easily turn those who are supposed to serve as watchdogs into lap dogs instead."
nytimes  fraud  finance  america  bank  paul_krugman  dodd-frank  reform  government  wealth  influence  protection  2010s  2013  op-ed  republican  money  denial  recession  economics 
february 2013 by cluebucket
The Amanda Palmer Kickstarter Scandal : The New Yorker
"The outrage over this incident is, however, more complicated than it might at first appear. It’s entangled with the current debate about wealth inequality that has animated both the Occupy movement and the Presidential campaigns: the sense that even newly minted haves, like Amanda Palmer, really need to treat have-nots, such as local musicians, a whole lot better. Thus a long-standing music-biz scam (Chuck Berry’s ill use of local musicians is the stuff of industry legend) suddenly takes on the aspect of plutocrat and prole in a contemporary drama. It only adds piquancy that Palmer adopted the posture of the moustache-twirling boss. As she told the New York Times, 'If my fans are happy and my audience is happy and the musicians on stage are happy, where’s the problem?'"
"In general, there is a boom in such practices that seems tied to the digital era; you can't spell Internet without intern."
"As a society, we’re supposedly committed to the principle that workers, the poor, those struggling to get by, deserve a share of the wealth for practicing their craft. But we also believe that investors and owners deserve returns on their equity. What we gloss over is the irresolvable contradiction between those two things. In general, the Amanda Palmer investor will in fact be in favor of paying the musician in hugs, since that would maximize their own return: intensified exploitation of the string section should lead to more hand-knitted cassette tapes showing up in the mailboxes of the twenty-four thousand eight hundred and eighty-three backers who ponied up."
amanda_palmer  kickstarter  newyorker  writing  essay  music  industry  musician  joshua_clover  finance  culture  fundraiser  money  outsourcing  work  fantasy  labor  intern  internet  hustle  steve_albini  owen_pallett  art  communism  capitalism  wealth  investment  economy  2012  2010s  21st_century  bertolt_brecht 
october 2012 by cluebucket
Crushing Debt Drove Me to Kosovo — And Then to Iraq | The Billfold
"On December 31, 2004, I achieved a couple of significant milestones: I made my final student loan payment, and I had a positive net worth for the first time in my adult life. Mortars, rockets, and car bombs aside, that was pretty satisfying."
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september 2012 by cluebucket
Greed and Debt: The True Story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital | Politics News | Rolling Stone
"Mitt Romney, it turns out, is the perfect frontman for Wall Street's greed revolution. He's not a two-bit, shifty-eyed huckster like Lloyd Blankfein. He's not a sighing, eye-rolling, arrogant jerkwad like Jamie Dimon. But Mitt believes the same things those guys believe: He's been right with them on the front lines of the financialization revolution, a decades-long campaign in which the old, simple, let's-make-stuff-and-sell-it manufacturing economy was replaced with a new, highly complex, let's-take-stuff-and-trash-it financial economy. Instead of cars and airplanes, we built swaps, CDOs and other toxic financial products. Instead of building new companies from the ground up, we took out massive bank loans and used them to acquire existing firms, liquidating every asset in sight and leaving the target companies holding the note."
"Not that Romney hasn't done just fine at milking the government when it suits his purposes, the most obvious instance being the incredible $1.5 billion in aid he siphoned out of the U.S. Treasury as head of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake – a sum greater than all federal spending for the previous seven U.S. Olympic games combined. Romney, the supposed fiscal conservative, blew through an average of $625,000 in taxpayer money per athlete – an astounding increase of 5,582 percent over the $11,000 average at the 1984 games in Los Angeles. In 1993, right as he was preparing to run for the Senate, Romney also engineered a government deal worth at least $10 million for Bain's consulting firm, when it was teetering on the edge of bankruptcy...
"But the way Romney most directly owes his success to the government is through the structure of the tax code. The entire business of leveraged buyouts wouldn't be possible without a provision in the federal code that allows companies like Bain to deduct the interest on the debt they use to acquire and loot their targets. This is the same universally beloved tax deduction you can use to write off your mortgage interest payments, so tampering with it is considered political suicide – it's been called the "third rail of tax reform." So the Romney who routinely rails against the national debt as some kind of child-killing "mortgage" is the same man who spent decades exploiting a tax deduction specifically designed for mortgage holders in order to bilk every dollar he could out of U.S. businesses before burning them to the ground."
thinkin bout dunkin:
"In 2010, a year after the last round of Hertz layoffs, Carlyle teamed up with Bain to take $500 million out of another takeover target: the parent company of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins. Dunkin' had to take out a $1.25 billion loan to pay a dividend to its new private equity owners. So think of this the next time you go to Dunkin' Donuts for a cup of coffee: A small cup of joe costs about $1.69 in most outlets, which means that for years to come, Dunkin' Donuts will have to sell about 2,011,834 small coffees every month – about $3.4 million – just to meet the interest payments on the loan it took out to pay Bain and Carlyle their little one-time dividend. And that doesn't include the principal on the loan, or the additional millions in debt that Dunkin' has to pay every year to get out from under the $2.4 billion in debt it's now saddled with after having the privilege of being taken over – with borrowed money – by the firm that Romney built."
rollingstone  mitt_romney  bain_capital  money  buyout  finance  deal  insider  wall_street  debt  crime  hypocrisy  politics  business  greed  mike_milken  1980s  1990s  2010s  2012  interest  job  company  layoff  dunkin_donuts  carlyle_group  wealth  private_equity  matt_taibbi  government  olympics  2002  tax  21st_century  20th_century 
september 2012 by cluebucket
"Where Are the Women?": Lawmakers Walk Out on Contraception Rule Hearing After Female Witness Barred
"I thank you for playing the ... clip of Congressmen Issa explaining that I was not an appropriate witness. I can’t think whose voices would be more appropriate than the women who are affected by this policy."
sandra_fluke  amy_goodman  juan_gonzalez  democracynow  reproduction  republican  walkout  protest  contraception  birth_control  law  congress  eleanor_holmes_norton  healthcare  birth  finance  news  interview  audio  radio  lawmaker  women  scandal  religion  foster_friess  sex  rick_santorum  darrell_issa  2012  2010s  2006  conservative  ideology  morality  georgetown  cyst  politics  politician  21st_century 
february 2012 by cluebucket
IBRinfo :: Help is here!
"a new way to make your federal student loan payments more manageable"
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december 2011 by cluebucket
DEAR SUGAR, The Rumpus Advice Column #91: A Big Life - The
"Are you truly so cowed by adversity?" well...
bookmarked for the comments... such as:

Rob Says: "'You don’t have a right to the cards you believe you should have been dealt. You have an obligation to play the hell out of the ones you’re holding.': The problem with this analogy is that often, in cards, the most prudent thing to do is fold."
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december 2011 by cluebucket
A ONE-MAN MARKET | More Intelligent Life
via Dad. "Many of the fashionable artists in the world emerged from beneath Andy’s fright wig."

“[W]hat value would those works sustain if and when the market sees some sort of correction?”
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december 2011 by cluebucket

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