From an NPR Here and Now interview today with Peter Cappelli, Professor of Management at The Wharton School, re the unemployment rate falling to 7% last month:
Interviewer: “A lot of the jobs being added are construction, manufacturing, retail.. they’re not necessarily the higher wage jobs, right?”
Cappelli: “Well, it’s important to remember that in the economy as a whole that’s the case, that most jobs in the US economy require a high school degree or less. So the fact that we’re adding low wage jobs is to some extent just a reflection of the fact that the economy’s got a ton of low wage jobs.”
So remind me again why more education and greater access to pricey college degrees is the answer to our unemployment problem?
Yo everyone. I’ve been gone for a bit due to a family health crisis and may be gone for a bit longer, but meanwhile, can anyone tell me what happened to scarletservents? My theory is that once “selfie” was named Oxford Dictionaries’ Word of the Year, she said “My work here is done” and then disappeared into oblivion, but perhaps there’s another explanation?
"Left Bank Books announces its new program whereby Amazon.com buys its books from us at a fifty percent markup over list price. They will also be charged shipping. We believe this will allow Amazon to be a part of the bricks and mortar experience that they can’t do without. Prior to this program Amazon was forced to make do with warehouses in tax free environments that did not leave their customers with that satisfied, ’I supported my local economy’ feeling they increasingly want. Now with the innovative Left Bank Books program they are easily able to stay relevant in a world that demands more integrity from its retail experience."
One of many fine responses from independent booksellers to “Amazon Source”, “a program by which independent booksellers and other retailers will be allowed to stock Amazon’s Kindles in their stores […] They are also offering stores 10% of the cost of ebooks bought on the Kindles they sell, for two years following the initial purchase of the device.”
What independent bookseller wouldn’t jump at that opportunity? Well, click through if you’d like a list..
An absolute favorite— and come to think of it, the song that sold me on the CD while test listening at Borders (RIP) in DC to what the information card informed me was a critically acclaimed new group from Scotland. Your first reaction to this song probably wouldn’t be “wow, this would be great live”, but it is, and I miss the days when they would reliably close with it.
fwiw, Masaccio’s Holy Trinity is one of my favorite unintentionally(?) funny Renaissance paintings. I mean, just look at Mary’s face. I can almost hear her saying “I told him he shoulda been a doctor or a lawyer, but did he listen? No. He never listens.”
reblogging because I’m loving that there is an uglyrenaissancebabies tumblr. Especially when I just recently left a comment for ideoplast about unintentionally funny Medieval/Renaissance Christ childs and Marys. Story of my life, always one step behind with the brilliant ideas.
Belle and Sebastian reference + (500) Days of Summer
Can I just point out (cue comic book store guy voice) that the claim that Summer’s quote in her 1998 yearbook (so presumably from Spring of that year) from Belle and Sebastian’s “Boy with the Arab Strap” caused a spike in Michigan sales of the album of the same name makes no sense because the album in question was not released until September of that year. I mean, honestly, how was I supposed to take the movie seriously after a major flub like that?