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Posted on March 2nd, 2013 at 23:09 by John Sinteur in category: News

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For 20-Somethings, Ambition at a Cost

Posted on March 2nd, 2013 at 22:10 by John Sinteur in category: News


“We need to hire a 22-22-22,” one new-media manager was overheard saying recently, meaning a 22-year-old willing to work 22-hour days for $22,000 a year. Perhaps the middle figure is an exaggeration, but its bookends certainly aren’t.


“The notion of the traditional entry-level job is disappearing,” said Ross Perlin, 29, the author of “Intern Nation: How to Earn Nothing and Learn Little in the Brave New Economy.” Internships have replaced them, he said, “but also fellowships and nebulous titles that sound prestigious and pay a stipend, which means you’re only coming out with $15,000 a year.”

Once a short-term commitment at most, internships have become an obligatory rite of passage that often drags on for years.

First, they externalize their training costs by having workers pay for their own training- that is, college. Then, once they’re out of college, they externalize their labor costs via the carrot-on-a-stick of the unpaid internship. Maybe if you work really hard, you’ll get noticed and they’ll actually start paying you. In the meantime, they get free work.

The Invisible Hand is, in actuality, a well-lubed fist.

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  1. Fortunately, not all companies treat their interns in this manner. Mine doesn’t. They are paid well for their work, and if they work out, they are hired at full salaries when they graduate.

    Unfortunately, this is not always (or even usually) the case… 🙁

Schools locked down over “ambiguous message” taken as threat

Posted on March 2nd, 2013 at 11:43 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, Do you feel safer yet?


eaver County schools had their lives “flipped, turned upside down” Thursday morning when a phone greeting involving the theme song from the 1990s sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” was taken as a threat.

All schools in the county were advised to lock down for about 20 minutes while police searched for a 19-year-old Ambridge Area High School student whose greeting to callers was mistakenly taken as a threat about “shooting people outside of the school.”

The actual line from the song is “And all shooting some b-ball outside of the school.”


Even though the situation turned out to be a mistake, Mann said, “I believe everyone acted appropriately. Our first concern is the safety of kids.”

Yes. At the cost of everything else, including common sense.

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NYPD lied under oath to prosecute Occupy activist

Posted on March 2nd, 2013 at 10:20 by John Sinteur in category: News


An Occupy Wall Street activist was acquitted of assaulting a police officer and other charges on Thursday after jurors were presented with video evidence that directly contradicted the NYPD’s story.


The footage obtained from Democracy Now also showed that an NYPD officer was filming the arrest as well, but prosecutors told Premo’s attorney that no such footage existed.

A phrase you won’t see in the article is “will be prosecuted for perjury”. Pity.

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Iceland tests find meat pies contain no meat at all

Posted on March 2nd, 2013 at 10:13 by John Sinteur in category: News


When officials in Iceland began hearing about horsemeat being secreted into beef products around Europe, they decided to run tests to ensure the same thing wasn’t happening in Iceland.

Icelandic meat inspector Kjartan Hreinsson says his team didn’t find any horsemeat, but one brand of locally produced beef pie left it stumped: it contained no meat at all.

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