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March 27th, 2014
thesmithian

Older men in tech are discovering the unseen work that women and people of color have done for decades. Fitting in is hard work—an additional, invisible task on the daily to-do list.

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March 26th, 2014
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There are now more people working as private security guards than high school teachers.

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March 21st, 2014
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'What this has meant in the U.S. and elsewhere…is that the “good guys” who want to implement policies to get the unemployed back to work are too often caving to the pressure of the “pain caucuses” pushing sky-is-falling predictions about “runaway inflation and soaring interest rates” as a justification to do nothing. It’s a battle of good versus evil…and the bad guys seem to be winning…'

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March 20th, 2014
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'In Spain 57% of the population below 30 is unable to find a job…The worrying list also includes Greece with 58% and Croatia, the Union’s newest member state, with 52%.'

Being young, motivated, and well-educated no longer means being on the path for financial independence today. Especially not in Spain, where many ambitious graduates are refused employment on the grounds of being overqualified. The lucky ones might find an unpaid internship or an underpaid, temporary job that scarcely matches their qualifications.

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March 18th, 2014
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'…the ability to ask insightful questions will be even more critical tomorrow than it is today. As change continues to accelerate, tomorrow’s leaders—and the larger workforce—will have to keep learning, updating and adapting what they know, inventing and re-inventing their own jobs and careers through constant, ongoing inquiry…'

Given all of this, it’s worth asking: Are our schools doing a good job of preparing students for a world where questioning is a survival skill?

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March 14th, 2014
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'…new filings for jobless benefits hit a fresh three-month low last week, suggesting the economy was regaining strength after an abrupt slowdown caused by severe weather.'

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March 12th, 2014
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…why do these smart, quantitatively trained engineers, who could help cure cancer or fix healthcare.gov, want to work for a sexting app?
March 6th, 2014
thesmithian

“When I saw her wearing the glasses, all I could think of was my friends who are being pushed out of [San Francisco]…The only people who can afford to live here are techies. I was born and raised here, and for the first time in my life I want to leave.”

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…the conflict stemmed partly from the perception among some that Google Glass is a symbol of privilege and the rising presence of affluent tech workers in the [San Francisco] community.

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February 26th, 2014
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need a new #TheSmithian logo/brand emblem

if you have ideas, hit me up here, or at danyel at stanford dot edu.

February 16th, 2014
thesmithian

'The problem is not that poor people fail to appreciate the importance of marriage, nor is it that poor and wealthy Americans differ in which factors they believe are important in a good marriage…'

…The problem is that the same trends that have exacerbated inequality since 1980—unemployment, juggling multiple jobs and so on—have also made it increasingly difficult for less wealthy Americans to invest the time and other resources needed to sustain a strong marital bond.’

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February 16th, 2014
thesmithian

There are restaurant jobs closer to home, but she is willing to drive the extra miles for a simple reason…

February 14th, 2014
thesmithian

Volkswagen wants to establish works councils at its Chattanooga plant…In Europe, these groups…collaborate on issues such as plant rules, work hours and vacations. In VW’s experience, cooperating with employees through these councils increases productivity and profitability. Because the councils discuss labor issues such as work hours, VW and the UAW have determined that to legally establish them in Chattanooga, the plant must be unionized. This is intolerable to the GOP.

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January 30th, 2014
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…the president’s optimism is a welcome shift in tone. Many commentators and members of Congress seem to believe that trying to solve what has become a full-fledged jobs emergency is futile. And of course it would be in the Republicans’ interest to have the president fail. New York Times columnist David Brooks argues that most of those who will get more income through a higher minimum wage live in families that are not below the poverty line. This is said by some to be thoughtful criticism. To the contrary, it reflects a nation desensitized to the plight of its workers.

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art: drawing by Jane Nwagbo

January 21st, 2014
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…day laborers are…taken for granted, as they wave at cars passing the sidewalk where they look for work near Home Depot or the local lumberyard. What road brought them to their street corners, far from their families in Mexico and Central America? What do they do if they don’t get hired—where do they live and how do they eat?

January 18th, 2014
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People are so desperate for jobs they don’t want to rock the boat. They don’t want rules and regulations enforced that might cost them their livelihoods. For them, a job is precious— sometimes even more precious than a safe workplace or safe drinking water.

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