Evening (caffeine) buzz 2.

Random thoughts while waiting out a wind-whipping thunderstorm at a local cafe:

For the Blogfather.

Had this months ago. And I thought I was embarrassingly re-stating the obvious.

I don’t know the answer to this, but if Obama can figure something out to help these people (more rural transit, gas subsidies for those making under a certain income) and put the supposed lack-of-middle-class-cred comments to rest, he should hit this issue, and hit it hard.

And now, for tonight’s anti-newspaper rant:

If you’re a kid in college wanting to be a journalist, it’s not too late to change your sucker bet. Don’t worry, the newspaper industry isn’t what you thought it was, and hasn’t been for 20 years. It’s a Boomer-centric society, where hiring and news coverage is dictated by those who think new rules to make things better — including clubby hiring and obstructionist and narrow-minded coverage — apply to their younger employees, but not to them. It’s the continuation of the do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do ethos of the Boomers.

Because, like a lot of other industries, the Boomers got in and locked the door behind them and said, no, sorry, this is for us. You go get us coffee, child, and we’ll use up most of the resources so there’s nothing left for you. And then create new rules to limit your advancement (while not limiting our own), all in the name of protecting “the children” and “the earth.” Which they pretty much fucked already.


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