“Since World War II, new cars and suburban houses have powered the economy and propelled recoveries. Millennials are not buying houses or cars, and may have lost interest in both.”
You mean the generation that paid three times as much for college to enter a job market with triple the unemployment isn’t interested in purchasing the assets of the generation who just blew an enormous housing bubble and kept it from popping through quantitative easing and out-and-out federal support? I’m curious as to how they have rationalized we have simply “lost interest”.
Let’s face facts. Unless you are independently wealthy, houses are a financial deathtrap. This is something I think a lot of people routinely overlook. Many young people would rather rent an apartment, or better yet purchase a more readily mobile ‘tiny house‘, than live in a permanently fixated on-the-grid home.
OKCupid is one of the largest online dating sites in the world with over 4 million monthly active users. While the explicit purpose of OKCupid is to help users find romance, the site’s co-founder Christian Rudder has discovered a dual purpose for the information produced through the dating site.
Courting controversy, Rudder has sorted through the data of 25 million users, revealing findings on beauty, attraction, race, and gender. Rudder has recently released some of those numbers in a book about online dating, titled ‘Dataclysm’. In this short video, Rudder shares some of his discoveries and discusses “who we are when we think no one’s looking.”
The red pill and its opposite, the blue pill, are pop culture symbols representing the choice between embracing the sometimes painful truth of reality (red pill) and the ignorance of illusion (blue pill). The terms, popularized in science fiction culture, derive from the 1999 film ‘The Matrix’.
As I recall in my youth, a girl from my neighborhood and I used to play The ‘Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past’ on the SNES, and she was more preoccupied on how to push the door underneath the castle than taking any flak about sexism in the Zelda series. Or any series for that matter. However, there is no denying that games have certainly changed a lot since the 1990′s.
Grand Theft Auto 5 is a great example. Never before in popular gaming (I used to game up to my early 20′s) has a young man played as such a realistic anti-social character. The themes in the game are violence, being cheated on by friends and family, and being in pursuit of the almighty dollar at the expense of all morality. Basically you play a degenerate male anti-hero who gets to take his hate out on everybody by running through the city and killing civilians, stealing cars, and causing total anarchy (the bad kind).
In the past several years a number of alternative news outlets have pointed out that Australia has a vastly higher minimum wage compared to the United States. In Australia, the minimum wage is set at $16.87 per hour as of 2014. Were they trying to point out that Australians must be enjoying a vastly higher material standard of living when compared to their U.S. counterparts as a result of such generous wages? And that higher minimum wages don’t necessarily correlate to an increase in unemployment?
The latter might be true, but the former almost certainly is not. A higher Australian minimum wage always leads to higher prices for end consumers and overseas visitors. What inevitably follows is the “sticker shock” for people coming from abroad, who suddenly find their Australian holiday isn’t quite as affordable, or enjoyable, as it could have been somewhere else around the globe.
That evil put down word ‘loser’ would be applied by most unthinking Americans to describe the majority of the seemingly “with it” homeless youth that one stumbles across in their efforts to portray the underbelly of America. This nasty epithet though, has moved up a notch and has come to describe the vast majority of citizens battling to keep their heads above water in rat race U.S.A. altogether. With jobs being sold offshore and the super rich consolidating their power, middle America is disappearing soon to join the ranks of the burgeoning under class. In this battle to survive, “starving artists” of all description will be those who fall.
I am generally very appreciative of Thom Hartmann’s staunch anti-war stance and his overall rationality and intelligence, but this is a completely insane and baseless argument.
When has there been a Libertarian in power? Reaganomics and Libertarianism are not the same thing. How does a Conservative Keynesian like Reagan get compared to Liberal Austrian ideals? How do you blame the Libertarian party for policies enacted by Republicans and Democrats and two or three independents?
Last time I checked, it was Democrats and Republicans that deregulated our economy and allowed corporations to bring our country to what it is today. Where do Libertarian economics from their independent candidates come into play?
“Going in the Box, your mind just simply can’t take it”, says Ismael Nazario. He was locked alone in a 6 by 8 foot cell for 23 hours a day, a punitive measure that is linked to half of all suicides among detained teens. Human rights advocates such as the UN Special Rapporteur on torture, Juan Mendez, warn of the severe mental damage caused by subjecting young inmates to punitive segregation.
Yet prison staff like Norman Seabrook argue that it is the “only way” to enforce order and safely deal with violent inmates in a stretched jail system. But with reports that more than a quarter of young inmates on Rikers Island jail complex in New York City are being held in solitary confinement, including for minor infractions, many are questioning whether it really is the correct response.
The small liberal arts college of Davidson in North Carolina claims that their commitment to affordability “has never been stronger”, and strives to meet 100 percent of their students calculated financial need entirely with grants and student employment. However, I sincerely doubt that student employment is going to help cover the $58,000+ in various fees over the academic year.
And what will the return-on-investment be for their liberal arts education in this decimated U.S. economy, complete with outsourcing, robotization, automation, drone technology, smartphone apps etc? Something is clearly not right in 2010′s higher education.
In early April 2014, pro-Russia rebels seized the regional administration building and other key institutions in Donetsk, expelling Ukrainian officials and raising their own flag. The rebellion here — and other incidents elsewhere — quickly escalated into a bloody civil war that has left over 2,000 people dead and displaced more than a million.
As an uneasy ceasefire continues to hold in Eastern Ukraine, VICE News returns to Donetsk with an exclusive film that follows some of the characters involved in setting up the self-proclaimed state of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR). Filmed over six weeks, this documentary follows the chaotic birth of the DPR as it tries to forge a path to independence and closer ties to Russia.